PreK-3 students learn about themselves and others
Our PreKindergarten-3 students are stuck in the middle of a serious “Me” phase – and that’s perfectly fine with us! For the past few weeks, the students have been immersed in the “Me, Myself and I” unit of inquiry, where they have been learning about themselves and others through classroom discussions, exploration of physical characteristics, reading books about feelings and emotions, and learning about each other’s personal preferences.
In PreK-3, students learn concepts through inquiry and active learning engagements. The students have explored their similarities and differences of skin, eye and hair color, as well as studied the placement and characteristics of facial features. While doing a self portrait activity using individual mirrors, students made the shape of a face with an oil crayon on cardstock, then mixed paint to get as close as possible as the same color of their individual skin tone. Continuing this activity another day, children glued on facial features choosing from items such as buttons, ribbon, chenille stems, eyes, and pom poms. Their finished masterpieces are on display on the classroom walls.
Students also have explored emotions by reading books as a class, making connections to things that might have happened that day. Children posed for photographs, acting out the emotions of happy, sad, scared and angry. These photos are also on full display in the classrooms –and are quite entertaining to view!
Finally, the children have gone beyond themselves and compared their characteristics to those of their classmates, incorporating a bit of math in the process. They have looked at their own irises and pupils and matched their iris color to photographs. The children graphed their results to make a classwide comparison chart – and learned a bit about the concepts of “greater than,” “less than,” and “equal to.” They will be doing the same thing with hair color and height.
Enjoy some of the activities our young students have been working on:
The Me, Myself and I unit is part of the IB Primary Years Programme Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are. Throughout the PYP (taught to children ages three – fifth grade), the transdisciplinary themes focus on issues that span subject areas. Who We Are provides students an inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social, and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.