Well, my 5th grade and I began by getting the giggles out of the way every time the word “anus” came up and, by way of a whole class chant of the said word about 10 times, ( just as a 1st grade class were passing by, of course!) we managed to get past (most) of the snickering. Whatever it takes!
Our current theme, Who We Are, is inquiring into how human body systems function and how they are interdependent.
Part of inquiry based science is allowing the children the opportunity to actually inquire. We can give them stages of knowledge to build their background and then, using this together with repetitvley modeling thinking strategies, the children begin to understand what it means to actually inquire. The rigor with this type of learning is often times, naturally occurring. It can of course be facilitated and differentiated by the class teacher.
Breathe In, Breathe Out!
After we explored the function of the diaphragm, the children were left to find out how it fits into the respiratorry system by creating their own 3 dimensional models. The matter of whether the model could actually work was left to the groups to decide independently, thus developing the IB attirutde of independece too. ( several birds with 1 stone )