How to transform professional content into knowledge content that students can easily understand? Wuhan Australian International School has been working hard for this purpose. In the latest IB exploration practice, teachers and students have a deeper understanding of "how the world works" through different forms.
According to the theme "how the world works", we learn how the alternation of four seasons makes a difference to the world. Students have experienced the cycle of spring, summer, autumn and winter, understood the weather, plants, crops and food in different seasons, and explored why the four seasons alternate. The students have explored the different feelings of the season through their five senses. In researching the hibernation of animals, we learnt which animals will hibernate and why.
The students designed and created picture books about the four seasons. Originally, the teacher wanted the students to create picture books about winter, and then to extend students’ thinking, they were presented with the four seasons. They each had their own favorite season and wrote endless words and stories.
How do you create a picture book? Don't underestimate the creativity of first grade friends.
The students selected their season, understood the three elements of the story (time, place, characters), according to the basic structure of a picture book as explained by the teacher, and constructed their own story. The teacher shared picture books, stimulating students' creative imagination and then the students talked about their own picture books with their partners. During this period, the teachers guided the children: the Chinese teacher optimized complete sentences and the art teacher assisted with the picture book illustrations. They decided on the picture book title together, and everyone bound their picture books into a volume.
"It's not easy to make picture books!"
"But it's fun!"
Actively exploring, creating, thinking and learning. In this process, the previous knowledge of the students included knowing the basic elements of the story. They explored the direction of thinking in writing the story, wrote the overall content of the story, drew the illustrations of the story by hand, understood the main features of the title and made the back cover of the picture book.
The creators were immersed in their creations as they faced the challenge. With their first creation, were they thinking about the second and third creation?
Go into nature and explore the mystery of winter. Instead of staying in the classroom and looking at the "world" belonging to others, it's better to explore the world belonging to yourself.
We learned in class the different ways we are affected by the changes in the four seasons. On Friday the sun was just right. The teacher and the students walked into nature to explore the different changes brought by the four seasons.
When the classroom was moved outside the students could touch “winter” with their hands, smell it with their nose, look it with their eyes, step on it with their feet, and engage their five senses to explore and feel winter.
"Look! Ginkgo leaves are really yellow
"What is this green, thin tree?"
"Iron tree. What does it feel like to touch the leaves? "
"It's cold. It's sharp in the front. Tie your hand."
"What flower is it?"
"How can osmanthus still exist in winter?"
"It's a warm winter this year. Osmanthus blooms according to the climate and temperature."
"Get closer and keep a distance from the lake. Listen to Miss Wang quietly about the willows. "
"Look at the row of willows and draw a picture of them!"
"I found a clover!" There was an excited cry in the silence, and everyone gathered to find out. After a while, one by one a clover was happily placed in his hand and was gently put into the inquiry bag.
"Miss Zhang, look, there are so many in my bag." "Miss Zhang, ginkgo leaf, do you want it?" "Miss Zhang, this is iron leaf. You can tie your hand. Touch it."
In the laughter, the students were actively exploring and searching. Isn't learning such an interesting and natural thing?
The most important aspects of IB are the teaching of methods, the development of thinking skills and the process of personal growth. We have been doing it step by step, steadily and confidently on the broad road of IB.