As we began our inquiry into Fractions, we learnt about factors and factors trees which led us to a question on factor trees and how we could show all the factors on the one tree.
As we inquired into this, we watched this video by the Khan Academy on factors and explored some other resources. We soon discovered that larger numbers can have several factor trees and are not limited to one containing ALL the factors.
We also learnt a lot more about prime and composite numbers and took our learning further to discover the rules (tricks) for determining whether a large number is divisible by three or four.
Before plunging into our work on preparing for the Exhibition, we thought that it was important that we consider our class essential agreement and come up with one that is specific to the Exhibition and how we will work with each other and our mentors.
It didn’t take too long for us to agree on the following;
Today, the boys were introduced to the PYP Exhibition and the roles and responsibilities of the various people involved (students, teachers, mentors, principal, parents, community). They also considered what each person was passionate about which tied into our start of year activities on passions and who we are!
As a provocation for the importance of ACTION that results from inquiry, the boys watched this music video and considered what was happening and the bigger significance of it… Ask them what they said!
We’ve started a new Maths unit of inquiry looking into Fractions, Decimals and Percentages and the meaning that they hold for our daily lives! We very quickly discovered that they are EVERYWHERE!!! and we need to understand how they work in order to make effective use of them… so our journey begins…
As a provocation into our unit of inquiry into Who We Are we watched a TED Talk by Shawn Achor on Positive Psychology and its impact on wellbeing.
As we watched the talk we discussed the main points being raised by Shawn and compared them to real examples, and there were many!
Following the talk it was time to consider some and we decided that it would be a good idea to give the journal a try so we’ve started our own journal to reflect on the many positives that we experience each day.
It will require a daily commitment on our part but it should be a great experience and it will certainly be interesting to see how our mindset develops over the 21 days!