The students in 5G have been considering the history of scientific discoveries as part of our Where We Are in Place and Time unit of inquiry. As a class we thought about how each species of animal has developed and evolved over time to be successful. We have traced the history of our understanding of natural selection from The Ancient Greeks’ discovery of mammoth skulls to the present day mapping of human DNA.
In order to understand how specific animals are successful in specific environments, the students designed a new species that would be successful.
They asked themselves:
How will it survive?
How will it obtain food?
How will it avoid predators?
What senses will it use to make sense of the world?
How will it attract a mate and reproduce?
Questions like these are central to understanding evolution theory.
These videos show the students’ creativity and imaginations, but also their understanding of how helpful mutations might be passed along to ensure “The survival of the fittest”.
Nina, James, Alisa
Sayo, Kyoka, Reina
Brazil, George, Shannah
William, Sae, Kianna
The first Unit of Inquiry project of the year has groups of students trying to explain the Central Idea “Our understanding of scientific discoveries has changed over time and shapes the future”.
One group has decided to focus on how a 10 year old knows more than the greatest scientists of the past; one group is focussing on Newton’s quote that he stood on the shoulders of Galileo; and the last group is using a timeline of famous scientists to show how knowledge has evolved.
Mr. Johnston’s music class have finalised their “Recording Device Timelines” as part of our Where We Are in Place and Time unit of inquiry.
Here is an example from Aitor. Click on the link below to see the others.
Minami, Nao, Charlie
Ro and Henri
Emily and Amane
Idan and Karen
Loretta and Zoe
Aisling and Emma