Students have been busy during their second week of our second Unit of Inquiry of the year! This is a unit with a science focus on patterns of the Earth. Since the IB profile traits we are emphasizing for this unit are thinker, knowledgable, and reflective, students have been busy with science experiments of all kinds! Students have been learning about weathering and erosion by doing experiments that show the results of different kinds of erosion (temperature, chemical, wind, water, and glacier). They have also been learning about natural disasters and how people can engineer solutions to build more weather and disaster-resistant building materials. This week students decided on different proportions of sand, water, and glue to try and create bricks that were both strong (capable of holding a significant amount of weight) and resistant to water.
We are also continuing our study of place value in our second math unit on metric measurement. Students are extending their understanding through conversions of metric units. In reading, we are moving from a study of realistic fiction to nonfiction, focusing on our science topic of how the Earth changes. In writing, students are learning how to write persuasive essays using the essay structure.
This week, we also had Mr. Madonna come in to show students about the most efficient way to pack for our Week Without Walls trip next week!