real world application
As stated in the PYP Making it Happen handbook, "Central to the philosophy of the Primary Years Program (PYP) is the principal that purposeful, structured inquiry is a powerful vehicle for learning." Check out the pictures of Mrs. Woods class below. This week they gathered objects for a compost bag. They found small rocks, twigs/bark, leaves, grass, garbage (paper, plastic, etc.), pine needles, and a few things from the garden.
They then met their worms and put their worms into the compost bags as well! The class was investigating the question: "What do you think will happen to the different items in our bag?" and "How do you think the worms help in this process?"
Even in first grade here at Saint Luke, our students eyes are being opened to real world application of their learning and how what we learn in class can help our earth and hopefully lead to responsible action in lives outside of school.