Students have started a new inquiry. Our inquiry originates with a problem that provides students with an opportunity to create something that contributes to the world’s knowledge. Our task is to design a city blueprint with sustainable urban development. We are going to design a city that solves the problem of urban sprawl and pollution; this inquiry mirrors the discipline of a City Planner. To prepare for this inquiry, students visited the Calgary Tower and were given an opportunity to see the overall city layout and a general view from above; this will help them to plan and design their own bird’s eye blueprint.
To begin the research process, students worked together to answer two questions: What do people need? What do people want? For needs, students came up with clean air, nature, food, shelter, love and safety. Students also learned that it is important to have fun, and design a city that offers entertainment, parks and recreation. The purpose of this is to show what the students think belongs in the city, AND they need to justify it. Next week, we will be researching geographical features of a city and finding examples to support that work. Categories will include the following:
Parks and Recreation
Retail: Other/Clothing stores
Places of worship
Airport/ Sustainable Transportation
Garbage and Recycling
If you have not done so, please return your child's report card envelope to school, so that we can reuse it again at the end of the year. It is important to cut down on paper usage. Thank you!
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.