Wednesday, 29 February 2012

overview for 4th unit of inquiry–a note for parents

Unit of Inquiry Everyone’s a Storyteller

Transdisciplinary Theme: How we Express Ourselves

(An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic)

Central Idea: ‘We can express and communicate ideas and experiences through stories’

Lines of Inquiry:

· The elements of a story

· Different ways of telling stories

Sample questions which will drive these inquiries:

What is a story and why do people tell them?

What are some of the ways in which people can tell stories?

What are some of the elements needed to make a story?

Sample activities:

* listen to and talk about many different stories

* investigate and experience different ways of telling stories

* create our own stories

Duration of unit: 6 weeks

Summative Assessments:

· define the elements of a story

· tell the same story in different ways

Transdisciplinary skills to be emphasised:

Social skills will include listening to others, discussing ideas and working together

Research skills will involve planning

Thinking skills will involve applying knowledge in new ways

Communication skills will include non-verbal communication

Self-management skills will include using time effectively

Elements of student profile/attitudes to be emphasised:

Communicating, showing creativity, taking risks and through doing so, becoming more confident

Examples of cross-curricular links:

Exploring number concepts through storytelling; drafting and editing our own stories

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