Under the transdisciplinary theme of How We Organize Ourselves…
We will be exploring the central idea: In a workplace people share responsibility towards a common goal.
An inquiry into:
Purpose of a workplace
Interconnectedness of people in a workplace
Importance of a shared vision or common goal.
- Function: Purpose of a workplace
- Connections: Interconnectedness of people in a workplace
- Responsibility: Importance of a shared vision or common goal.
Over the course of this UOI students will be exposed to real life workplace situations with each student meeting and interviewing various staff members of BIS and reporting back to the class what they found out. We will review children’s books and literature about teamwork play games involving teamwork and collaboration as well as exploring books about various types of workplaces and professions.
For our final project for this unit, students will work together to create their own workplaces and present their projects during Grade One’s Fabulous Friday which will be held Friday, November 10.
Tuning into our new Unit of Inquiry
In our first week of this unit, students tuned-in to the concept of teamwork by watching and discussion wonderful short videos about teamwork – both good and bad. This was followed by discussions about what good and bad teamwork looks like, sounds like and feels like. Having shared these basic ideas, the children then participated in a number of collaborative games in which they had to work together towards a common goal.
Collaboration & Teamwork Games
In Pass the Squeeze, all the students in Grade 1 sat in a circle and worked together to see how quickly they could send a squeeze all the way wound the circle. The common goal was to end up with the same number of squeezes that we started with. The skills we applied were concentration and teamwork.
In 1, 2, 3 Buzz, students sat in a circle. We began by counting 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 around the circle for practice. The next step was to replace 3 with the word buzz. The common goal was to go around the circle without making a mistake. The skills we applied were concentration and teamwork.
In Sit, Lie, Stand, students got into groups of 3. At any given time, one of them had to be sitting, lying or standing. When they heard Change, they had to change positions based on what their teammate was doing. The common goal was to make sure only one student was sitting, lying or standing. The skills we applied were concentration and teamwork.
In Traffic Lights, students had to walk around the room and perform an action based on what the teacher called out. The common goal was to make sure everyone did the actions together. Red = Freeze, Yellow = sit on the floor, Green = begin walking. The skills we applied were listening