When it comes down to it, the PYP exhibition involves a lot of research. How old do we sound with the students when we talk longingly of the days when we went to the library, looked in the card catalog, and found books and magazines. It seemed so easy. As we know, the world is now vast. During the Exhibition unit, we want students to reach for a variety of sources. We want them to move beyond the website search. So, we’re encouraging that students look for a variety of sources:research intentions

  • interviews
  • local visits
  • print sources
  • videos
  • online sources

Interviews have opened up worlds for these students. At ages 10-11, they relate well to people, not necessarily experts, but people with knowledge. They need help finding those people, but once they do, they’re excited and seem to be able to quickly relate the information that person has told them. Interviews and surveys are accessible to the students. We hope to involve the school and parent community in our interviews. We will draw on the expertise of teachers and are looking for parents who are willing to share their expertise as well.

Below, see the list of passions that are the focus of student inquiries. If you have experiences or knowledge that make you a perspective interviewee, please let the grade 5 teachers know. In addition, if you know of a local museum or site that student researchers might visit for their inquiries, please share these ideas with your child’s teacher, who can pass ideas along to the specific students who may benefit. For websites and magazines, students have been well prepared by our librarians, who have led a number of lessons throughout the year on some of the best web search tools and databases for young researchers. Students have a section in their Exhibition binders with reminders of how to access these tools, including online encyclopaedias and major news sources where students can find information. Research is huge, and we have tried to simplify and support students work by giving them the tools and opportunities to practice their research skills. It’s challenging with so much out there. We appreciate any help you can give in identifying people to interview and places to visit as students explore their passions.

In addition, here is this week’s expectations list, Student Weekly Goals. The students will receive a paper and digital copy of these expectations in school today, they should refer to it regularly in order to monitor their progress.

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With thanks to our teaching colleagues at YIS in Japan, who share their ideas for Exhibition on their blog: http://blogs.yis.ac.jp/blumk/category/exhibition/ [Accessed: 18 Mar 2014].