Grade 4 recently visited the Huangdao Wildlife Sanctuary as part of the engagement for their new unit of inquiry. The Grade 4 new unit of inquiry falls under the transdisciplinary theme of Sharing the planet.
The central idea for this unit is: Biodiversity relies on maintaining the interdependent balance of organisms within systems.
The lines of inquiry are:
- Ways in which ecosystems, biomes and environments are interdependent
- How human interaction with the environment can affect the balance of systems
- The consequences of imbalance within ecosystems
The visit to Huangdao Wildlife Sanctuary provided the environment for Grade 4 students to gain background knowledge on biodiversity, ecosystems, and the impact of human interaction on these systems.
The images below gives a glimpse of what the Grade 4 students did and saw at the wildlife sanctuary.
There are many benefits to going on a field trip and taking the learning beyond the classroom. This large-scale research from the University of Arkansas (http://educationnext.org/the-educational-value-of-field-trips/) provides evidence showing that field trips improves students’ critical thinking, empathy, and more.