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January 30, 2020

Through problem-solving, using the AABCD steps (ask, answer, brainstorm, choose, debrief), students will use research skills across a variety of contexts (computer, books, video clips, experiments, etc.) to determine the best course of action for a case study problem. Students will look at the following scenario: A girl has sent the class a letter that she has found a penguin in West Vancouver. She is wondering if she can keep the penguin or what she should do with it.

As one of our classes is Feb 13, we will do a heart penguin craft. Students will also do a hands-on science experiment to learn about the adaptations that penguins have to stay warm.

In the final class, we will write a letter back to the girl with the penguin, sharing the information we learned and our final class decision on what she should do with the penguin. We will also do a debrief and have time for self-reflection/self-assessment and group sharing.

This class will encompass cross-curricular learning, addressing skills and curriculum content in Science, Social Studies, Art, and Technology. Learning to work together as a team to solve our problem will be a big part of this class as well.

The big idea is that living things having features that help them adapt to their environment. The teacher will use an inquiry approach to encourage the students to ask and answer questions to determine what the penguin needs and if we can provide this in our Lower Mainland climate or not.