Our last topic for writing has been ‘Opinion writing‘. The students learned to give their opinion and then state why they think that. We started simple. “I like… (ice cream) because… (it is sweet).” We then moved to more persuasive opinion writing to tie it into our unit (Sharing the Planet). The students learned to give their opinion with a valid argument. We shouldn’t… (cut down all the trees). If… (all the trees are cut down) then… (we will have no more paper).”
We have been having some very important discussions in our Sharing the Planet Unit.
What would happen if there was no more sun?
What animals are endangered and why?
Why do we need bees and sea otters?
What does an environment need to survive?
What do we need to survive?
What can we do to help take care of our environment?
For this UOI, we have been thinking like a scientist. Our earth has finite resources that we share with other living things. All living things have an impact on those resources in different ways. As humans, we have a responsibility to help protect those resources for future generations. The students are learning about their role in the world and how to take care of it.
To help the students understand our impact on the world, we are using skills like inquiring, observing, discovering, reflecting, and problem solving to understand how scientists think.
We will be thinking about questions like:
What is living and what is not living?
What do living things need to survive?
What happens if living things do not get what they need to survive?
What should we do to care for the earth?
This is just the beginning of what we’ve been up to in KA……..
It all started with making the pillars in our classroom into trees. One friend said we needed to add birds’ nest. KA friends who wanted, went outside to gather materials. Then we watched a video on how to make them. The nests needed birds and then eggs. That led to a discussion on how some animals go through the life cycle stages. Then we had birds running into our windows. Some students wanted to protect them from getting hurt. They made bird protectors.
Changing our environment
Reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and then students wanted to add a caterpillar to our environment along with monkeys and frogs….the forest became a jungle
“There needs to be an owl to protect the birds and other animals. They stay up late at night to do this.” We read books on animals and then created our own. Here’s those students who wanted to make a big owl and little ones.
KA wanted to add the weather and plants:
Jungle animals we wanted to learn about……and then played…
In talking about the frogs on the trees we learned about all the different facts of frogs and the many different types. Some friends decided to make a pond. With that came many more animals and plants that are in that environment.