This week, we began our new Unit of Inquiry by asking the students: What is Healthy? Please see the photos in the album below of the students sharing their ideas about “What is Healthy?”
Some of their ideas included:
- Healthy is the good things for your body.
- Eating Fruit and vegetables, doing sports.
- We can’t always eat chocolate.
- You have to exercise, too. You have to move your body.
- Reading helps me be healthy (because I feel relaxed).
- We brush our teeth and laugh and sweat.
- We wear warm clothes and wash our hands.
Some ideas in particular lead us onto an interesting inquiry into germs and where they come from:
“I think that outside there are lots of germs so when we come in from outside we have to wash our hands”.
“I wonder if we can see germs?”
“Are there any good germs?”
“Does all dirt have germs”?
“Can there be germs if we don’t see any dirt?”
Some of the students then began to wonder about where germs come from and where they can be found. We decided to find out more about germs and where they are in our school. To further our inquiry we asked the High School science lab for help. They prepared petri dishes for us so that we could collect samples of gems from around the school, allow them to grow, and hopefully we will get to see them under a microscope in a few weeks! Please click on the album below for photos of the students at work collecting germ samples from around the school….
“I didn’t know that inside blood there is water, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.”
“What are all those things in our blood?”
“I made a connection because I have heard of good bacteria and so, are some germs good?”
“What protects us from germs? What body parts save us from germs?”
“Do white blood cells protect us from germs”?
“I think there is good bacteria in the dirt because I know that plants need dirt to live.”
“I am knowledgeable because I know that there really are good bacteria.”
We are looking forward to finding out more about germs and how the choices we make help our body to fight them!
Please click on the albums below to see other photo highlights from our week…
Unit of Inquiry Vocabulary Building
Showing What We Already Know About Our Unit of Inquiry (Pre-Assessment)
Working With Our Learning Buddies to Create Surveys About the Choices We Make that Help Us Stay Healthy