Our second unit about "Plants"
Trip Start Jul 26, 2011
49Trip End Jun 22, 2013
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In October, the students had an inspiring day at The International Cultural Center in Pandaan. It was a brilliant day full of laughter and learning, where students used nearly each one of the PYP Atttitudes (see the bolded words below).
During our long journey, students were tolerant of the bus rules so Pak Putu could drive us safely to Pandaan despite the insane levels of traffic
The students had such an amazing time learning how to grow rice and actually being a part of the entire process. In case you all didn’t know rice is the main crop here grown in Indonesia, so naturally, we have put a lot of focus on it.
During our last unit, the second graders learned about how they can make our communities safer places
"It is easy for him to get water at work, but at home he doesn’t get water." –Bareno
“He needs clean water and he wants healthy food three times a day.” –Minseul
“Pak Sali shares food with other gardeners sometimes.” –Nadiah
“He works two jobs to make his parents happy.” –Lawrence
But what the students were really shocked about was the fact that Pak Sali’s family usually eats only two meals per day. After hearing this, the students began to brainstorm a way of helping him:
“I think I can give him fresh water.” –Ji Min
“I can give him little shoes for his chidren.” –Hyun Sik
“I can give healthy food to his family.” –Nicky
The students really felt the need to do something for him
After seeing the impact that they had on Pak Sali, the students still wanted to do more. So we brainstormed a way to help the gardeners that would be more sustainable. We shared of my favorite quotes, “You give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. You teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” We wanted them to think about how donating things is a nice thing to do, but that we need to think more long term. So after much discussion, we all decided to start a 2nd grade garden where we could grow vegetables and rice for Pak Sali and the gardeners. A few weeks ago Pak Sali helped us start the process of growing rice by showing us how to plant the seed. Once we planted it we had to wait for several weeks for the seedling to be tall enough so we could plant it in our garden. The students took on the responsibility by watering the rice everyday and watching it to make sure that it was healthy. Yesterday, Pak Sali informed us that it was ready for us to plant in our garden. He brought us outside and helped guide us through the planting process. Here are some great pictures of my students and I planting our rice in our garden
For our Elementary school Assembly my students performed a song that we about plants. With much help, we wrote a song about plants to Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”. Please watch the video that I uploaded. It is adorable! We even had rappers! J
This unit has been such a powerful unit and it has been incredible to watch my students take action and responsibility for something they feel is so important. It is units like these that remind me how much I love teaching!