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Through scientific investigation we can discover and understand what is beyond Earth. That is the big idea of our fourth unit of inquiry of the year, which is entitled Discovery.

There are many ways that we can discover and understand the universe in which we live. So far this year through our units of inquiry we have looked at concepts of what makes ourselves who we are (Uniqueness), interconnectedness in life (Interconnectedness), and the flow of time and space in the lifetimes of our families (Time).

 We have unlocked, many of these concepts by building upon our abilities to think about how we learn, the skills and attitudes that we employ and what questions we need to ask. He have built upon our knowledge of how to find answers to those questions using techniques of interviewing others, research using books and digital applications.

One further technique of inquiry that we are now seeking to develop further in order to attain greater balance as learners is that of scientific inquiry. Or more specifically in this phase of grade two- scientific discovery and understanding of our Earth and the Universe. It’s an extremely broad context but one which is fitting as when we think about it there are no limits to what we as human beings can discover and understand! Really when we say Universe we are including everything- ourselves, our planet, stars and matter.

The slideshow in this post shows our recent trip to Manila planetarium which served as a spring board for the launch of our unit by providing a variety of different phenomenon from Earth and beyond that the children had not discovered before and did not understand. Things that can be scientifically observed and explained.