After being away from school for 8 days, Grade 6 Lakecrest students thought about the storm from an IB perspective.
The students started their investigation with news articles detailing city organization, the impact the storm had on low-income earners, and Newfoundlanders’ resilience and humor.
In small groups, they dissected articles, discussed their opinions and considered the big-picture of our community crisis.
Students started to organize topics:
- Grass Roots organization: Regular citizens organized food sharing and shoveling.
- Environment : The role climate change plays in more frequent, extreme weather.
- Government of Newfoundland: organization for transportation, safety and crowd Control.
- Wealth Distribution: What are the needs of people for food and resources in our community?
- Role of the media: Reporting, creating fear, and relieving stress through humour and acts of kindness.
- The role of the Canadian government in helping provinces: They sent in the army.
- Characteristics of people in our community: Resilient, humorous, resourceful, and kind.
The students then put together a unit of inquiry. They considered about what exactly they would like to find out and came up with these ideas.
The success of a community depends on its members.
Lines of Inquiry:
- How grass roots organizations impact society.
- How wealth distribution affects society.
- How the environment can impact a community .
Education exists far beyond the pages of a text book. The real world provides us with excellent opportunities for digging deeper into what it means to share our planet.