A group of children pour into nature, meet, and interact with the most primitive forms of life. When they come out of the forest, they are no longer the same as they were before because every inch of earth through which time flows, real learning has long since taken place quietly.
One of the most effective ways for students to understand their unit of inquiry is by going on a field trip. The theme of this unit is “Sharing the Planet,” and the central idea is Biodiversity relies on maintaining the balance of organisms within the ecosystem. Students had a fantastic opportunity to explore their local community and the ecosystems therein. We went to the Qinling Sibao Science Park, to learn about endangered animals and what it takes to keep these animals from going extinct.
Our students advocate that protecting endangered animals is every individual’s responsibility.
We hope that our kids will never forget the honest, naive, curious, innocent, and gentle version of themselves in nature, and we wish that in the future, with each new place they arrive at, they will be able to fearlessly pursue the marvelous source of every life form that is the driving force behind our growth.
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Julia Fan (P6C Homeroom Teacher, PYP Chinese Assistant Coordinator)