November has brought a change for the children in terms of increasing their word use and learning more about the natural world around them.
At the beginning of the month the children were taught about the differences between living and non-living things and continued a conversation where children discussed whether certain things such as computers or fire are alive or not. The next lesson had the children learning about what animals need to live and what happens when basic needs are not met. The final half of the month had the children learning about different biomes both in terms of what wildlife exists there, what plant life exists there, and what adaptations they have in order to survive within them.
Through social studies the children were reintroduced to the seasons to learn further in depth what occurs during these times. The following lesson had the children learning about cities, towns, and suburbs and where the children had to try to build a city that meets the needs of an ever-growing populace within a set space. This helped the children to understand the complexity of urban sprawl. Finally the children spent the next two weeks learning about their own country as well as neighbouring countries in order to illustrate what other countries can be like and to make them think of their place in the world.
Outside of science and social studies the children were required to write their own story. They were required to create characters that were not simply one-dimensional and had to have an arc to their story. Through the research class they ended their portion of layers of the ocean by exploring the abyss; an area deep in the depths of the ocean that were previously thought to be lifeless where the children learned how life continues at this depth. Additionally research class they began a portion of learning about different biomes. They learned about ponds and lakes and what kinds of life exist within them. The research portion of the class went on hold as the children explored aspects of Japanese culture and made a poster for the Christmas event held later on in the year. They made origami pieces as well as created many examples of elements of Japanese life through cardboard creations.
Overall their continued growth has been an inspiration to me and has improved their look on the world outside of the classroom.