How the World Works

Whew this year is flying by! We have started our 4th IB unit, How the World Works and are hitting the ground running. This is one of my favorite units that we do because the kids are generally very invested and we do a lot of science!! As usual, we began by checking out the inquiry table and trying to figure out what the central idea of this unit could mean. Our class did a fantastic job really trying to relate the items that they saw back to the central idea. One of Abhinav’s ideas was brilliant. He said: “Lewis and Clark went on a big trip. When people go on a journey, they usually see patterns.” How awesome is that?! Here are some snapshots of our central idea, lines of inquiry, a think map, and our class checking out the inquiry table. Take notice of how we are asking questions on our inquiry board as they arise!

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Our studies within this unit began with studying seasons. Many children have a lot of background knowledge about seasons already but we are really working hard to relate our learning back to our central idea…can we find patterns in seasons? We talked about how the seasons are a cycle that never stops: winter, spring, summer, fall, winter, spring, summer, fall, and so on and so on! Each child visually showed the patterns they see within seasons (mostly relating to leaves and flowers) on a season tree — they painted, drew, and did an amazing job representing the patterns they see! Here we are working hard ๐Ÿ™‚

Today we are going to explore how the months of the year relate to our seasons along with how water changes throughout the seasons and year. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today is “PJs and Picture Books” day in our classroom so I will try and capture some pictures of our cuties reading in their jammies!

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