Who We Are Provocation/SOLO/Vocabulary Lists - Grade 4
Grade 4 launches their new unit of inquiry - Who We Are
Who We Are Launches!
Today Grade 4 began their unit of inquiry Who We Are - Human Body Systems. They are exploring the central idea The interactions between human body systems contribute to health and survival. This involves investigating and exploring the body systems and how they work, how body systems are connected and diseases and medical care.
To launch the unit, students engaged with a provocation requiring them to consider, explore, think and question the concepts they may be engaging with throughout the unit of inquiry. This was showcased through a strategy called 'A Gallery Walk'. Many different resources were set up by the teachers within the space, including news articles, artifacts, puzzles, questions, posters and x-rays. Students engaged with a Visible Thinking Routine called 'Think, Puzzle, Explore' by answering these questions:
1. What do you think you know about this topic?
2. What questions do you have or what is puzzling you?
3. What does the topic make you want to explore?
To ensure student agency, students were asked to develop what they think the central idea, lines of inquiry and guiding questions might be for this unit of inquiry. Teachers and students will use these ideas to assist in the co-construction of the design of this unit.
Here are some photos from the provocation:
SOLO/Vocabulary Lists for the unit of inquiry:
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. These can also be found as a hard copy near the Cafeteria Display. Please feel free to come and take one.
How can I use the SOLO at home?
You will now 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. Equally, you may wish to develop some questions with your child that they could bring to school and share with their class to assist with their inquiries.
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.
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