These are the learning experiences of children ages 7-8 years old as we explored and guided our wonders connecting our findings to the United Nations' Global Goals.
Behind each photo there is a story we tell.
Documenting Students Documenting Their Learning Process
This is a video that documents students documenting their own learning. We are working on the unit of inquiry: How the World Works, and how materials change to suit a given purpose. This way of documentation follows the SAMR model and amplifies student voice in the process of self-learning in a collective space.
Measuring with iPads
Children use the measurement app on their iPads to measure big structures in the playground. The use of Augmented Reality enhanced the way we see perspective in bigger things. Through this experiential learning adventure, AR was an additional tool after we explored using non-standard units, moving to a ruler, to a meter stick, and now using a device that gives a different learning experience. Notice how we were able to tackle not just fine-motor skill but especially, critical thinking skills in how to get the iPad to grasp the object and moving the points to see the length. The environment is a third teacher, and the technology a tool with a purpose.
Hello Van Gogh (Artist Study Field Trip)
Students in grade 2 are exploring the unit of inquiry: How We Express ourselves. They are interested in artist Van Gogh. They have been reading a book about his life and exploring what challenges, message, technique, and perspective this artist developed throughout his life. They have also been exploring ways in which other artists recreate work from an original piece. This video shows a visit to a Media Gallery in Thailand where the children discovered how the curators turned Van Gogh's work into an interactive experience.
Inside the Jelly Belly Factory
Grade 2 is currently exploring the concept of CHANGE in FORM in our Unit o Inquiry: How the World Works. We are learning how materials change to suit a specific purpose. We have baked and looked at different materials that change. This week, we are growing crystals and looking at how candy changes form. This aligns with the development of the cup the children designed for the Goals Project, as we see how the metal change to suit a sustainable purpose. In an effort to make this experience more real to well... How the World Works, we took a field trip to the Jelly Belly Factory here in Thailand (Eastern Seaboard- Chonburi provice). The children were able to see how candy is made and how the materials used, change form due to the concept of causation.
Coconut Farm Field Trip
As part of our unit of inquiry- How the World Works, we visited a Coconut Farm to observe the changes in this natural resource. Children in Grade 2 are learning how materials change to suit a purpose. This was an organic experience after observing the process by which Jelly Beans are made, which is in a factory close to our school. The coconut Farm is called "Takian Tia" in the province of Chonburi (Thailand). The owners of this farm have a sustainable system in which to produce byproducts of the coconut tree while preserving the land and not wasting any part of this resource. This also aligned with our exploration of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, Goal #12: Responsible Consumption and Production, hence, the shirts we are wearing.