In our inquiry into who we are, we spent a lot of time looking into the United Nation's Convention on Rights of Children. We read a document that simplified the rights for children so that it was easy to understand. We watched short animation films and listened to stories on children and then tried to identify the rights that were connected to the films and the stories. It led to interesting discussions on child labour.
Questions came up, such as what is a refugee?
Do different countries have different ages for the right to education?
Some students shared their experiences in other countries where they had seen children begging on streets instead of being safe at home.
TAIYO: We watched some videos in the class about rights.
Example: one of the children rights is: getting protected and treated nicely in all countries.
Central idea: With rights come responsibilities.
We spent a couple of weeks to understand what are rights and what are responsibilities.
We started with identifying our needs and our wants. The response was varied and interesting.
Once students established the connection between needs and rights, we looked into our own rights.
Since last week, we have been practising the appropriate behaviour and routines to strengthen our stamina to read during our Daily 5 lessons: Get started right away, read the whole time, stay in one spot..... During the first few times we had to re-start within a minute, but today we saw success with 25 minutes of reading for the entire class!
In Math, we explored representing 2 and 3 digit numbers in different ways: through models using base ten, drawing and in writing.
Week One went by like the wind! We spent a lot of time getting to know each other through games and activities, and revisited some of the IB Learner profiles and attitudes we would like to show in the classroom.
In Daily 5, we went through the basics - how to select the right books to read using the 5 finger rule. Is the book interesting? what is the purpose of reading this book? Can I understand the words? Each student selected 4-5 books for their Daily 5 bag.
Then we went over ways to build our stamina to read for sustained periods of time.
Could we get started right away? Did we stay in one spot while reading? We managed to clock 1 minute and 30 seconds on our first try. By the third try we had read for 13 minutes as a whole class!! That was amazing focus demonstrated by our students!
In Math, we shared our thoughts on the subject, and plotted our ideas along a continuum. We will revisit this continuum in December to see if our thoughts have changed.
Next week, we will begin our inquiry into Who We Are.
We will view it through the lens of our rights and responsibilities.
Exploring place value in Math. We created numbers using base ten blocks for our classmates to guess.