and Inquiry Studies 2010-2011
and Inquiry Studies 2009-2010
and Inquiry Studies 2008-2009
and Inquiry Studies 2007-2008
and Inquiry Studies 2006-2007
and Inquiry Studies 2005-2006
Learning and Inquiry Studies
4 - Mrs. Kinjo
are we going to grow and change as a community?
will each person affect change in our community?
does change affect global awareness and citizenship?
the beginning of the year, we have explored the overarching question
through examining changes and diversity within our classroom community.
Students administered home surveys to inquire about the origins of
their heritage. To foster global awareness and citizenship, the students
created their own globe to learn about the geography of our world
and to celebrate the cultural diversity of the classroom.
it because it helped me have a better understanding of where all of the
continents are placed." Everett P.
a novel study on Within a Painted Past by Hazel Hutchens, and the
hands-on activities during the presentation on archaeology by the
U of C Interpretive Centre, the children have learned about the historical
lifestyle of the First Nations people and the early settlers by looking
at the artifacts and the bison bones. They have reflected upon the
various aspects of change in comparison to our lives at present in
our homes and community.
the best! We got to dig up bones, see a bison skull and other fun stuff."
have inquired how the change of the communities could have positive
and negative effects in our environment. They have investigated how
they can conserve our natural resources in order to preserve and respect
our land. Through the study of Waste and Our World, they have examined
how to take care of the environment. In conjunction with Wheels and
Levers, students have used recycled and reused materials found at
home to construct their innovative project with a functional purpose.
We have looked at the changes from simple machines to many elaborate
inventions in our daily lives.
and Our World project turned out to be very interesting; learning about
what pollutes our world." Sean N.
the course of the inquiry of Plant Growth and Changes, the students
have learned about the different needs, and gained skills and attitudes
for their care. They have been taking good care of the geranium plants
in the classroom and have observed the process of growth and change
throughout the year.
students have been expanding and developing Mathematical skills and
concepts in hands-on projects. They have been working collaboratively
in applying different strategies and processes to solve problems connected
to real life situations. Creating a kite involves planning, designing
and constructing the kite with accurate measurements (area and perimeter),
symmetry and balance of the frame. They have also looked at the changes
in design through time.
was fun to make. I had a little trouble with area, but the rest was easy."
have been given the opportunity to assess each other's work by designing
criteria and by providing feedback and encouragement for improvement.
Self-assessment and peer assessment are carried out in a non-threatening
manner where they learn from each other to work towards quality work.