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Concluding our WWAPT through online learning & introducing STP

Concluding our WWAPT through online learning & introducing STP
Serrin Smyth

Concluding WWAPT and beginning our new Grade 4 unit of inquiry - Sharing the Planet!

Grade 4 students have spent the last few weeks online engaging with different learning experiences to develop their understanding of how "Exploration can lead to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings."

Students chose an Explorer to do an in depth inquiry into and planned a Brain Pop research video as a way of sharing their knowledge. 

Students have uploaded their exceptionally creative final piece videos on Seesaw...

Students made connections by comparing and contrasting the research shared through their classmates BrainPop Videos by considering these questions: 

- where the explorers were from and their early lives

- what inspired the person to explore

- when the explorations took place and how they happened

- the consequences of the explorations

As this unit draws to an end, students have begun to tune into their next inquiry...

SHARING THE PLANET - Earth's Energy Resources

They will be exploring the central idea People can make choices to support the sustainability of Earth’s energy resourcesThis involves investigating and exploring Earth’s resources, how Earth’s resources are used to generate energy and the impact of people’s choices on the sustainability of Earth’s energy resources. 

Students started the unit by engaging with a visible thinking routine See, Think, Wonder, Connect:

The students' responses and answers will support teachers to develop learning engagements of where the inquiry will lead to next. 

Below you will find links to the updated SOLO Taxonomy and Vocabulary Lists for Grades 4. It is important to note that in alignment with the Enhanced PYP, students may develop the SOLO taxonomy by co-constructing this with their teachers. This is to provide students with agency - choice, voice and ownership throughout the process of their learning. Therefore the SOLO co-constructed by students may look slightly different this one. This learning progression and vocabulary list is developed so you can support your daughter's learning at home. 

How can I use the SOLO at home?

You will see a row underneath the possible assessment criteria titled 'Possible questions to discuss'. These are teacher guided questions that help to direct the unit of inquiry. You may wish to use these questions to begin a conversation with your chid about their unit of inquiry at home. 

How can I use the Vocabulary Lists at home?

The Vocabulary Lists are a guide for the possible vocabulary that may be explored throughout the unit of inquiry. It is encouraged that you explain and explore the words within this list with your child in their mother tongue. Perhaps you may talk about the concept of some of the words in English and also in your home language in order to deepen their understanding of them. 

STP - Earth's Energy Resources SOLO Taxonomy

STP - Earth's Energy Resources Vocabulary Work List

If you have any experience or expertise with the content of these units of inquiry, we would love to hear from you! Please contact our PYP Coordinator (ssmyth@seisen.com) or your daughter's homeroom teacher. 

 

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