How families live around the world is shaped by their environment

First graders are inquiring into the central idea that 'how families live around the world is shaped by their environment'. The students began with an 'I see, I think, I wonder' where they were shown images of families around the world, what food they eat, homes they live in, etc. and reflected on what they saw, what these images made them think, and lastly, what the images made them wonder. They are now moving continent by continent and while learning map skills, also learning about how families live depending on their location. We are just beginning with South America but eventually each student will have a world map with facts on how families live around the world. To watch this learn

Different perspectives can cause conflict

The 5th grade team has begun their winter PYP (Primary Years Programme) unit where they are studying the central idea (main concept) that different perspectives can cause conflict. The students began this unit by doing a chalk talk (a silent activity that provides all students the opportunity to reflect on what they know, and then share their thinking and wonderings while connecting to the thoughts of their classmates. Despite the name, there is no chalk involved, only paper and pencils or markers. This is a learning routine that helps make thinking visible.) The students reflected on some the key and related concepts for this unit which were turned into the following prompts: Causation: Do

Eileen Okada Shares Her Story

Eileen Okada, the great aunt of an 8th grade student, Zach, visited eighth graders today and helped them examine the Japanese incarceration from a different perspective. Students were able to make some important connections to current events. Probing questions and insightful discussion made for an engaging afternoon!

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