Unit of Inquiry
Sharing The Planet
In an ecosystem living things interact with each other and the nonliving things in their environment.
Lines of Inquiry:
Living and nonliving things in different environments
Features of ecosystems
Reasons for interaction and dependence in ecosystems
What is a living thing?
What is a nonliving thing?
What is a habitat?
What is an ecosystem?
What is the human part in keeping the balance of life on earth?
Appreciation, Cooperation, Empathy
Knowledgeable: We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance
Communicator: Understand and express ideas and information confidently. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others
Thinking , Research and Communication Skills
Unit for this week
This week students were introduced to our new unit this week. We began with a tuning in activity. Students were separated into two groups and were given various math manipulative to sort. They had to work together to come up with different ways of sorting and this information was recorded. After these activities, students were given images of living and nonliving things and without any guidance, they were asked to sort these pictures into 2 groups. Students were able to eventually come up with a living and nonliving group. These pictures were glues onto a poster. Following this activity, we had a whole class discussion as to why they sorted the pictures like they did. Their feedback was recorded one of the posters. The next tuning in activity involved students looking at a plant, a branch and a stuffed animal. We had a discussion as to which one was alive and which ones were not. This led to things that were alive but were no longer. Students generated a list of what made something alive. Which one use to be alive? Which one was never alive? The next activity involved students pairing up with a partner. Each group had 2 bags labelled: Was once alive, Was never alive. Students walked around the school collecting objects and sorting them into the separate bags. Class discussion followed.
Math for this week
This week, we continued with our exploration of arrays and the connection between addition and multiplication. Students practiced creating their own arrays and writing the number sentence for both addition and multiplication. They were also introduced to some simple multiplication picture word problems.
Writing for this week
This week we began our final writing unit: Writing to Describe. We began by reviewing the important elements of descriptive writing: nouns, adjectives and present tense verbs. Students were introduced to many vocabulary words for each and they had to find the matching pictures that were scattered throughout the classroom. As a class we will work through a 5 senses activity in order to help students gain an understanding that we use our senses to help us describe things. Students will work on a Monster Writing Activity using adjectives to describe their monster.
Language Arts for this week
This week students were introduced to new literacy centres. The focus this week is to independent writing, persuasive writing, finishing up an activity book and being introduced to a new reading comprehension booklet. In reading, we continued with our guided reading groups.
Pictures: Students review sorting using math manipulatives. After they felt comfortable with this activity, they were given picture cards of various things and told to sort them into 2 groups. After about 10 minutes, each group sorted all the pictures into living and nonliving.