Over the past several weeks, students have been working through Social Studies, Science, Math, Spanish, and Art curriculum to build their own mini communities.
In Social Studies, the grade 3s have been learning about different countries around the world and the different services that communities can provide to increase residents' Quality of Life. Students learned about the differences between services and goods, as well as, the importance of certain services over others (ie. a toy store versus a fire station). They then brainstormed and discussed, "¿Cuáles servicios hay en nuestras comunidades?" (which services are there in our communities?). Together we generated a large list and determined which services needed to be included in the construction of their own comunidades.
ASK ME ABOUT: What are the most important services available in the community you live in? Are their any services that could be added to improve quality of life in the community? What services are easy to access in Canada that are more difficult to access in Peru?
In Science, students have been learning about testing and building with different materials, specifically looking at the importance of design, stability, and material properties for building a strong structure. In their communities they were required to build a stable tower as well as a bridge that could support weight. Communities were put to the test with "mini-earthquakes" to ensure buildings were stable.
In order to build their communities, students received 1000 créditos to purchase materials for building. They were required to buy everything - even paint! In order to plan for this, they created budgets using multiplication and addition to figure out how much they could buy with their money and make sure they didn't go over the limit.
After determining the budget building began using measurement of space on the paper as well as practice with addition, subtraction, and skip counting in order to buy the materials from the store. Students were responsible for determining the total cost of the items they wanted to buy at that moment, counting out their créditos, and calculating how much change they were due back.
An important part of being able to purchase materials from the store was interacting with the store "sales person" in Spanish. Students were able to navigate their transactions using practices Spanish phrases and adapting the phrases to meet their needs in buying specific materials. For example:
Student: "Yo quiero comprar una caja" (I want to buy a box)
Adult: "¿De qué tamaño?" (What size?)
Student: "Yo quiero una caja pequeña" (I want a small box)
Adult: "Aquí está. ¿Cuánto me debes?" (Here it is. How much do you owe me?)
Student: "24 créditos" [counts out 25 credits] "Aquí está 25 créditos y necesito 1 crédito de vuelta" (Here is 25 credits and I need 1 credit back).
Students also discussed the services and buildings of their communities in Spanish in order to prepare for the upcoming "advertisement" video they will make for their communities!
The grade 3s worked very hard to build beautiful communities and discovered different ways to make their spaces more visually pleasing with colour, details (such as windows and doors), and quality craftsmanship! Some students even discovered way to help the paint stick to tricky materials, such as plastic, by using a glue primer!
The final projects:
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