Second graders are making a world of difference
Everyone is talking about being "green," or environmentally aware. Second grade students were asked to, “Look around your house to see what kind of crafts you can make out of things you would normally throw away.”
Students were up for the challenge and collected items from home like egg cartons, cereal boxes, and plastic water bottles. Once the items were brought to school, the students let their imaginations take over and they created some clever projects. There were enough instruments to form a small band (guitars, maracas, drums); several vehicles (cars, boats, a submarine, and even a sleigh!); and some items straight from a great science fiction novel (robots, a haunted mansion, and rocket ship station)!
The “Trash to Treasure” project is part of the second grader’s latest unit of inquiry, We Make A World Of Difference. In this unit students are learning how threats to the ecosystem impact us all. They are exploring the rainforest, arctic tundra, ocean, and desert habitats. While studying these habitats, students are discovering how people affect an ecosystem, how food chains rely on each other, how conservation effects the environment, and different ways communities make responsible decisions affecting the survival of plants and animals.
Here is a sampling of the second graders’ treasure masterpieces!
The “We Make a World of Difference” unit is part of the IB Primary Years Programme Transdisciplinary Theme: Sharing the Planet. Throughout the PYP (taught to children ages three – fifth grade), the transdisciplinary themes focus on issues that span subject areas. Sharing the Planet is an inquiry into the rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.