It’s been more than two months since the beginning of the new semester. Last Thursday, for the bilingual primary students and teachers, was an important day – we had the UOI Showcase!
The focus of this Unit being “Where We Are in Place and Time”, students of grade one to five explored different central ideas including transportation, festivals, history, universe and traveling.
In retrospect, the evolution of transportation has been affecting traveling ways of human beings.
The first-grade children showed their learning achievements in various subjects including Chinese, mathematics, English, UoI and Art by means of PPT, games, songs, etc.
Look, they were flying to the ocean of knowledge by the Inquiry.
Here are some future vehicles designed by our talented engineers: there was Air-Sea-Land vehicle, waterborne vehicle, and space vehicle. In short, they opened their minds and impressed the parents with their amazing imagination.
Celebrating and participating in festivals can change one’s understanding of culture.
What kind of skills do we need to explore the festivals? We searched information online and in books, we interviewed people and collected materials, we sorted the data, and we learned to work in groups of more than 6 people. After nearly three weeks of study, each group shared their work on last Thursday.
In the process of preparation, we made so much progress: some students managed to learn many new words and to read them fluently; some completed deep reading and had a new understanding of the festivals; some were very active in improving the showcase process and their lines; and some contributed a lot of effort in setting up required items for the event…
Learning the history of one’s country helps us understand the relationship between the past and present.
The third-grade teachers and students explored the history and development of Chinese characters (Hanzi). They organized a number of activities to express their understanding of the central idea and to involve as many people as possible in their learning experience: they held an introduction session about Hanzi, they shared the fun of Hanzi with international community, they made bookmarks, they created poems to praise Hanzi…
Humans strive to understand our place in the universe over time.
The children of grade four immerged themselves in universe related topics. Each group had to finish a PPT and a poster to demonstrate to people the process and results of inquiry.
How much do you know about the eight planets? Is there a second planet for people to live?
Some kids are just as interested as Mr. Stephen Hawking in black hole. They even tried to find the connection between the black hole, white hole and wormhole and to see how they influence the universe.
The children wondered so many things: why Pluto was removed from the list of planets in the Solar System, what are the differences between stars, planets and satellites, and what the quasar is…
We have been experiencing the alternation of day and night and the seasons, and that’s the magic of the movement of the Earth!
Why is the moon round on the 15th day of every Lunar month? Why does it look like a boat at the beginning and the end of the month? The team of Moon led us to understand stories behind the moon phase.
Following the presentations, we walked through the Solar System again in an English song – Eight Planets.
At the end, the children explained their inquiry process to the parents.
Traveling promotes new opportunities for change.
The students set up five travel agencies in the class and each worked out a travel plan for one tourist. Tourists were also played by students. The “Travel Agency” needs to personalize a tour for the tourist based on his/her needs. The travel plan must be feasible, and at the same time, enable the tourist to fully enjoy the scenery and culture of the place.
The children demonstrated the itinerary the made and introduced it to the audience in both English and Chinese. Some of them were focusing on the appreciation of the great rivers and mountains in China; some used Hunan’s special snacks as a selling point; and some decided to take the tourists into the mountains and feel the ethnic customs. After the presentation, the students explained individually to parents how they applied the Inquiry Circle in their learning.
Inquiry-Based Learning 探究式学习
The inquiry-based learning is a form of active learning that starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios, rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. The inquiry-based instruction is principally very closely related to the development and practice of thinking skills. Welcome to join us on this journey of inquiry!