Finding Out is an important aspect of PYPX. Unlike other research that may have taken place throughout the year, the students are entirely self-directed. They have selected the topics and have formulated their own questions to guide their research. The students are able to follow the research where they see fit. Unlike other units, any primary sources have been sourced and contacted by the students. They are formulating their questions and ensuring they gather all that they need in interview scenarios, both inside and outside the UNIS community.
It is through this research that ideas for action are being formulated. In order to truly take an impactful action, students must first thoroughly understand their topic or issue. Help your child by having conversations about what they have learned and how they feel this is informing their action. How has their thinking been changed? What needs do they see in their immediate community? What needs exist in their larger community? If they could do anything to make an impact on their issue what would they do?
Fifth graders are applying their math skills to self-assess. This week, they focused primarily on how they are able to use a variety of strategies to multiply and divide. In particular, they engaged in a task that aimed to identify and help those who have difficulties with:
1. The traditional division algorithm
2. Representing division in multiple ways
3. Interpreting remainders