Students are working on their IB unit about Homes Around the World. As part of their English unit, they are also learning about procedural writing. In order to prepare for their final research project in which students will describe how their chosen home is built step-by-step, students had to follow written instructions to construct a Lego house. As you can see, students added some of their own flare to the design!
Wow! I am so impressed with the hard work put towards the isteam portion of the student's procedural writing activity. After researching the resources and techniques used to build different styles of homes found around the world, students wrote out the steps for building their own model of the home. I look forward to trying to recreate these models by following their instructions.
Today the Grade 3/4s began their new English unit on procedural writing. I kicked off the unit by having students listen to my step-by-step instructions to draw a mystery picture.
The students found it very amusing to see each other's final drawings!
Students reflected on the importance of clear and precise instruction in order to complete a task properly.
The Grade 3/4 class is having fun using what they have learned during our unit, to create their own trading cade game, based on early European settlers. We are excited to play our games on Friday.
While exploring the steps taken when creating a new good for the marketplace, students concluded their market research and designed a prototype for a new toy.
Students enjoyed learning how to play the strategic board game, Catan. The students did a great job of using their unit vocabulary when referring to items that are "in demand", "traded", "exported", and "imported." The game supports the understanding that the medium of exchange, as well as the ever-changing marketplace, can quickly change the direction of the game.
The Grade 3/4 class has embarked on an exciting journey of creating and running a toy company. To date, the company has been designed, named, and a slogan has been created. Now our inventors are busy at work designing the next big toys to hit the market. What deisgns will make it through to the next step of marketing, we will just have to wait and see!
The students enjoyed trading resources with other "countries" to import and export items need to make a S'more. This was a great activity to introduce the students to their new vocabulary words and create connections that were memorable.