This week, we had the privilege to learn about what a Social Enterprise is from two inspiring organizations, KOTO and Keep Hanoi Clean. The two organizations are striving to make a positive impact in the lives of others and our natural environment. The aim was for fourth graders to start to develop their understanding of:
Social enterprises consider purpose and market forces when creating products and services.
Lines of Inquiry
How social enterprises consider purpose and needs and wants
The market forces that influence decision making
The processes a social enterprise follows
Causation / Connection / Systems / Economics / Social Responsibility
Next week, will be the start of another Unit of Inquiry, Sharing the Planet. This UoI will be taught alongside How We Organize Ourselves. The purpose is for both units to be ACTION driven, leading to a meaningful Market Day.
Children’s rights and responsibilities exist to enable equitable opportunities.
An inquiry into…
Children’s rights and equity
Circumstances that determine a child’s access to opportunities
The role of social responsibility and action.
The students are provided a clear purpose for all the learning that they have been and will be engaging in.
Get a pile of something – maybe milk bottle/carton tops. Guess how many there are. Then start counting in ones. Teach how to put them into piles of ten, and then count them. Have a game to see how well you can guess how many things there are.
You could have a jar with a determined number, for example, 50 pieces of paper, with the numbers 0 to 50 on them. Draw out a number at random, and then each runs off around the house looking for that number of items. Line them up and see what everyone had collected. Collections would include clothes pegs, toy cars, spice jars, stones, socks… It could seem a bit pointless to adults, but your fourth grader would love it. It would be fun to find out what you collected zero of.
The purpose of this activity is for your child to be better at estimating, computation, and regrouping.
Learning engagements have to be clearly purposeful, with many aspects to the experience being intentional (e.g., content, physical environment, and social relationships). As parents, you are the best at instilling the importance of having a clear purpose and your efforts and intentions reflect greatly in the classroom as your child asks, ‘why?’!
Dates to remember
October 28: Sunday of Service
October 29: Snack Sale
November 1 & 2: Faculty/Staff Professional Development – No Classes or Activities for Students
November 26 – 30: UN Week
November 30: UN Day