Category Archives: unit of inquiry

Transdisciplinary Skills are…..

In Making the PYP Happen document it states the following: Within their learning throughout the programme, students acquire and apply a set of transdisciplinary skills: social skills, communication skills, thinking skills, research skills and self-management skills. These skills are valuable, not only … Continue reading

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My Journey into the World of Minecraft

I am not a gamer like my husband, but I became interested in Minecraft when it was all I heard about from a group of my students. They had joined the ECA last year for Minecraft and were pretty disappointed … Continue reading

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Do we still need the poster?

My grade 3 students recently held their Invention Fair. They presented a tri-board of research on a particular invention and shared their own invention they created to solve a problem at home. (Click on image to enlarge)   The home … Continue reading

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Is Santa too materialistic?

One of the activities at a recent PD session I attended with Lynn Erickson was based around developing guiding questions. Questions of different types (factual, conceptual, and provocative) that guide students thinking from concrete to abstract levels. For the PYP, … Continue reading

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The Power of Suggestion

Last week we posted pictures on our blog of a classroom display we created using moveable paper people put into the position of our favorite sports activity. The students created a background scene to match their people. Sports View more … Continue reading

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Can we put that on the blog?

This year my Grade 3 team and I have implemented a combined blog for all 3 classes. We had a few parents who were unsure about the school hosting an open blog (no password) with their children’s faces and work … Continue reading

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Make it Work

I have to admit that I don’t know how to sew even though I am pretty sure that my mother tried to teach me at some point, but my husband and I still like to watch Project Runway and love … Continue reading

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Digital Storytelling-Green Screen in action

After our successful work with iMovie for our Book Talks (see my previous post here) my students and I decided to take on a new project using a green screen for our study of Taiwan. After 4 weeks of inquiry … Continue reading

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How do you spell….?

I have heard it in Grades 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1; I have even asked the question myself, “How do you spell….?” From day one in the classroom, whether they are asking their teachers or their neighbors, students develop … Continue reading

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An oldie, but a goodie

At the beginning of the school year, I put up four signs on the four walls of the classroom. During the first few weeks, I use these as ice breakers while we get to know each other. I ask the … Continue reading

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