Abr 12 2016

During the fourth unit of inquiry “How the World Works”, second graders faced different learning experiences based on the interaction between human societies and nature. They were able to bring enduring understandings to make them real in their lives with their families, friends, context and themselves.

Students participated in a provocation activity led by the physical education teachers observing excerpts from the documentary "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret" in order to rise their curiosity about the transformation of nature and the main changes it has had over time. After the film, they performed the thinking routine: “Think, Match and Count” on the issues that most caught their attention. This learning experience made a great point for a global understanding about what’s happening to the planet; that’s why they listened to a famous song by Michael Jackson called “Earth Song” where the kids had the opportunity to show appreciation and respect to the world. Finally, they evaluated themselves in a continuum using their drawings on a color paper.

On the other hand, they had different conversations and learning experiences related to the planet where they learnt about form, causation, transformation and interaction in a dynamic and fun way. For example through the diagnostic activity, which consisted on making questions to students about how they think was the use of technology in human activities at the time of their grandparents, and compared it with today arises. This was set out in a comparative table, which was shared with the rest of the class. Moreover, Paula Negrin’s father presented to second grader students the benefits and consequences of using petroleum by different companies around the world showing disasters caused by oil spills and its impact on local nature.

A field trip to the Geological Museum in INGEOMINAS, an agency attached to the Ministry of Mines and Energy which is in charge of the study of natural resources and dangers, was attended in February where the children learnt about geology, fossils, and changes the Earth has had along the time, as well as different species and their evolution. Also, they had a laboratory experience regarding light, by identifying objects that emit light, comparing light sources and their effects on living things. For this purpose, the expert teacher at school was Luis Fernando Rincón.

The summative evaluation was about environmental issues such as global warming, deforestation, erosion, mining, building constructions, etc., and the products were a story, play script, and artwork. Specialist teachers on these subjects gave children a daily feedback of their independent research. Finally kids showed their wonderful products and creative presentations to first graders, during the science fair, keeping in mind the care for the resources and using recycle material for new creations.

In a general perception about the three courses, families and teachers noticed their changes and actions during and at the end of the unit in their life styles: now, most of them worry about taking care of the planet, do not waste much resources, save water and eat what they take. Speaking about the inquiry skills the kids brought books, videos, flyers and materials from home in order to share opinions and new learnings to their friends.

For sure it was a great unit where students were more aware, met challenges, learnt new things and had fun while discovering that we are the world!


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