“There are many factors that contribute a person’s well-being.” This is the Central Idea the PYP Grade 5 students have been inquiring into for the past 6 weeks. On December 10th, the students went to different stations set up in the Ping Pong Center to learn from community experts on different topics. These fell into the categories of physical, mental, and social-emotional health.
Some of the physical health stations included the popular kung fu, sanda, and nutrition as well as learning about body mass index, breathing and smog, and physical education. Some physical health benefits from these include balance, stamina, coordination, and agility. Physical health and the body’s systems are interwoven into all others and these stations were very popular with all.
The students explored the mental health stations which taught about Traditional Chinese Medicine, dance therapy, reading and memory, sleep, how the mind works, and yoga. Some of the mental health benefits learned about at these stations were memory retention, emotional management, mindfulness, and the control of our passions. These students loved these topics and have reflected on them throughout the rest of the unit.
Social-emotional stations also taught about mental and physical health as our health is interdependent. Music, making friends, self-esteem, and crafting with beads and yarn were the stations listed under social-emotional health. Some of the advantages that come with learning about these topics are social circles widening, knowledge about self and others, and positive influences from others.
This Grade Level Event was an excellent way for the students to learn from their community of experts, from both inside and outside of the school. For the Who We Are Summative Assessment, the students became the experts. In groups of 3, they chose a topic to research and then present that linked to the Central Ideas and into at least two of the Lines of Inquiry: The function of human body systems; The different types of health; and The choices that impact our health.
The students presented their research in a mini Exhibition style to the students in Grades 2-4. Each group needed a visual aid and a hands-on activity. Some of the topics included were running, fencing, skateboarding, smoking, diets, drawing, music, and sleep. The Grade 5 students did an excellent job in all parts of the Summative Assessment and we are on our way to being ready for the Exhibition during the second semester.