This year we combined our PYP Night with the Science Fair. Prior to the Science Fair, each classroom had learning engagements set up that students had experienced throughout the year. We always love watching parents and children engage in inquiry together!
One of our PE teachers, Cheryl Wardell, recently led students through an inquiry into balance. Rather than "cover" the standards, she decided to allow them to explore this concept with some guiding questions and discovery:
Can you balance on one body part?
Does it just have to be your foot?
Can you balance on a different body part?
Can you do a 3 body part balance?
What does a balance look like?
How long do you need to hold it to count as a balance?
Can you connect your balance to your partner?
Can you and your partner connect to another pair?
Can you balance at different levels and with different base of support or body parts?
These are a few of the questions asked as they explored balance in 1st and 2nd grade. The students were so creative and not only had great balance, but were cooperative with their partners!
Learning through inquiry is FUN, engaging and relevant to our learning targets!