What is a significant event to a 7 year old?

What is a significant event to a 7 year old?
Catherine Beswick

This week the grade 1s have been looking into the second line of inquiry in our "Where We Are in Place and Time" unit. 

The Passing of Time and Important Events

We introduced a new vocabulary word "significant" and did an open ranking task where we had to rank events from a person's life in order of significance. 

This week the grade 1s have been looking into the second line of inquiry in our "Where We Are in Place and Time" unit. 

The Passing of Time and Important Events

In order to define what they deemed as important or significant the students participated in a ranking activity, where they ranked events that could occur during a person's life time according to their significance. The most important was at the top of the triangle, the least important, at the bottom. 

The learning intention and success criteria for the lesson are listed below.

LO: We are learning to rank the significance of events in our lives.

In this task I am a THINKER and and am using my social skills to make decisions as a group.

Steps to Success:

  • I can look at the first 3 pictures of events and choose the most significant putting it at the top of my triangle.

  • I can discuss my ideas with a friend and explain my choices.

  • I can rank the 10 images of events in order of significance.

  • I can discuss my ideas with a friend and justify my choices

It was interesting to hear the children discuss their ideas for why they thought an event had more significance in one's life than another. As a class we discussed that there was no right or wrong answer and that it was up to each child to justify their ideas to the partnership and to the class. 

Watch Molly and Kiara explain why they think "a pet dying" is the most significant event. 

The girls began by choosing the most significant out of 3 events: losing your tooth, getting married or getting a job. After discussing with their partner and coming to a consensus about the most significant they then added another 7 events that were sorted in order of significance. 

Below Mirei has deemed that "getting a job" is the most significant event. 

Kokoro and Mima believed that "being born" is the most significant event in a person's life. Watch the link below to hear them justify their ideas.

Caitlin and Mihika worked together to rank and decide that "a pet dying" is the most significant while getting your license, moving home or going to Disneyland were the least significant. Do you agree with them? 

Our next steps in this inquiry is for the students to reflect back over their own lives and determine what have been some significant events. 

  • family history
  • inquiry
  • PYP
  • rank
  • significant
  • Where We Are In Place And Time

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