Hello Grade 3 Families and Fans,
We successfully investigated how goods and services are exchanged to meet the needs and wants of communities. Under the transdisciplinary theme of How We Organize Ourselves, students led their inquiry into markets, and designed their own business model. They used survey data from the community as their starting point, but they decided where to go. In the end, they decided on a bakery, and chose 3 recipes: pretzels with chocolate dip, cocoa-peanut butter clusters, and frozen yogurt pops.
Wednesday was our first business day, and what a busy day it was! We spent the entire morning preparing our goods for our lunch time “grand opening.” Some of us were surprised to discover how much math we needed to successfully bake everything, as we were measuring ingredients but multiplying everything by 4 or 5.
When it was finally time to open, we practiced giving change and had a calculator to check our mental math. It proved stressful when several people were asking for different amounts of food and needed different amounts of change! But our customers were patient, and we were resilient.
We managed to sell out of everything, which helped us pay back our loan from the school and collect a profit. The students decided they would like to continue their business, but only by selling frozen yogurt pops. So we will re-open next week!
In preparation of our business opening, students paired together and used Canva to design digital posters that advertised our products. They combined information on our products with the charity we are supporting. The goal was to make our posters persuasive but informative.
In music class, students learned about jingles, and wrote one for each of the three products they would be selling. And last Fabulous Friday, they used both their posters and their jingles to help promote their business. We only had two students from Grade 3 on Friday, as four students were either sick or on their way to the IISSAC Swimming Competition. But our remaining two were risk-takers nonetheless!
Our advertisements proved successful, as our baked goods all sold out! For our final Unit of Inquiry, students will deepen their understanding of Writing to Persuade, as they create expository letters to inspire change in their community.
Stand-alone Math: A Wrap-Up of Fractions and Decimals
We also wrapped up our stand-alone math inquiry into how fractions and decimals represent whole-part relationships. To design a summative assessment task, I provided the learning outcomes for the students. They each chose groups of outcomes they were interested in, and created 4 math problems to assess themselves and their peers. The result was a student-made math test!
The students rotated through the different questions, recording their answers on a sheet (see below). Finally, we checked our answers together, and recognized our strengths and areas for improvement.
Our final stand-alone math inquiry will investigate how polygons have measurable properties that follow consistent patterns. Students will learn how to describe and classify different polygons, especially triangles and quadrilaterals. We will also recognize and measure different types of angles, which extend our descriptions of polygons. And we will review our numeracy skills we developed this year as we measure, combine, and split different polygons.
Last week, the school celebrated Earth Day. In Grades 3 and 4, we first helped to prepare the water bottles for our PYP Vertical Garden. All of the water bottles used were from our school’s waste, and collected only over 3 days. This was surprising to many of us, as we often do not realize how much plastic we consume! The Vertical Garden was then installed during Fabulous Friday.
We also welcomed some students and teachers from the Refugee Learning Nest. They joined us as we listened to The Lorax, and then they helped us create skits in small groups showing how we would write the “next chapter” of the book. We had so much fun getting to know them!
The afternoon was full of activities with the rest of the school. We started in the auditorium for a whole-school assembly, and then participated in activities created for us by Grade 7 students. It was a busy, educational day!
Sharing the Planet
Though we will continue our business as long as students are interested, we also need to begin our final Unit of Inquiry of the year. Under the transdisciplinary theme of Sharing the Planet, students will spend the next 5 weeks inquiring into how organisms are challenged when competing for finite resources. We will start locally, as we are fortunate to live near one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet! Students will be able to understand what resources are finite, and how different organisms must compete for everything from water to safe spaces, in order to survive . We will investigate our responsibility to share these resources, and will use Writing to Persuade to write campaign letters to inspire change in their community. An overview of the inquiry is below, though more details will be coming soon!