How the Lakecrest IB Program Helps Make Sense of Snowmageddon

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.

Central Idea:

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.

Natasha Hart

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