The Communicator

PYP and MYP Update

December 2015

The Current State of IB at Peirce

Primary Years Programme (PYP) - Candidate School - Authorization Visit Spring 2017


Middle Years Programme (MYP) - IB World School - Evaluation Fall 2017

The Learner Profile

THINKER

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


Spotlight on IB

Parent and Family Approaches to Learning

How can you support your students both at home and at school?....

Through the Approaches to Learning Skills


This month we will focus on:


Thinking Skills

Within PYP and MYP students develop ways to become better thinkers.

Here are the attributes of thinking skills in the PYP:

Acquisition of Knowledge; Comprehension; Application; Analysis; Synthesis; Evaluation; Dialectical Thought; Metacognition


Which then transfers to the attributes of thinking skills in MYP:

Creative Thinking; Critical Thinking; Transfer


What does this mean for you....

Ask your child how they would solve a given real-life problem.

Ask why they think something is significant.

Ask your child to continue a story or predict what would happen in a given

situation.


Here are 2 links to help your child develop their thinking skills at home:

Question Stems

12 Ways to Develop Critical Thinking

The PYP at Peirce

Preschool

How We Express Ourselves

Strand: extend and enjoy our creativity

Central Idea: Through play our beliefs influence our behavior and the relationships we form with others.

Key Concepts: connection, function , perspective

Related Concepts: Relationships, beliefs, behavior, responsibility

Lines of Inquiry:

1. How we connect with members of our family.

2. Families function in different ways.

3. Our perspective is formed by our families beliefs.

Kindergarten

How We Express Ourselves

Strand: ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture beliefs and values

Central Idea: Celebrations and traditions are expressions of shared beliefs and values

Key Concepts: perspective, form, responsibility

Related Concepts: beliefs, similarities and differences, values, religion

Lines of Inquiry:

1. Why People Celebrate

2. Features of traditions and celebrations

3. Symbolic representations of celebrations and traditions

First Grade

Where We Are In Place and Time

Strand: personal histories

Central Idea: Learning about previous generations helps us understand the relationship between the past and the present.

Key Concepts: function, connection, perspective

Related Concepts: organization, navigation

Lines of Inquiry:

1. Ways to find out about the past

2. How aspects of the past still influence us today

3. how we have changed from birth until now

Second Grade

How The World Works

Strand: natural world and its laws

Central Idea: Earth changes over time.

Key Concepts: form, function, change, responsibility

Related Concepts: transformation, properties, pattern, systems, cycles, initiative

Lines of Inquiry:

1. Ways cycles affect the earth

2. How Earth constantly transforms

3. Ways humans affect the earth

Third Grade

Where We Are In Place and Time

Strand: explorations and migrations of human kind

Central Idea: Exploration leads to discoveries, opportunities, and new understandings.

Key Concepts: Causation, Function

Related Concepts: Pattern, Sequences, Impact

Lines of Inquiry:

1. Reasons for exploration (historical and personal)

2. The consequences of exploration

3. How explorations have taken place overtime

Fourth Grade

How We Organize Ourselves

Strand: structure and function of organizations

Central Idea: Governments are organized to provide structure for groups of people. Key Concepts: form, function, responsibility

Related Concepts: government, representation, control

Lines of Inquiry:

1. Why governments are formed

2. The role of government in societies

3. The Rights of people according to their governments

Fifth Grade

Where We Are In Place and Time

Strand: Explorations and migrations of human kind

Central Idea: Migration can be a response to challenges, risks, and/or opportunities.

Key Concepts: change; perspective; causation

Related Concepts: patterns, motivation, consequences

Lines of Inquiry:

1. Effects of migration/immigration on communities, cultures, and individuals

2. Reasons for Migrations/Immigrations

3. Patterns affect boundaries

The MYP at Peirce

6th Grade

Subject: Science

Unit Title: Wash It Away

Key Concept: Development

Related Concepts: Movement, Transformation

Statement of Inquiry: Development occurs through transformation and movement

Approaches to Learning: Critical Thinking

Debatable Question: Where should we build our new housing development?


Subject: Individuals and Society

Unit Title: The Birth of Empires

Key Concept: Communities

Related Concepts: Networks

Statement of Inquiry: People create networks with other people in order to share ideas and resources.

Approaches to Learning: Collaboration

Debatable Question: Should artificial boundaries be constructed between people?


Subject: Mathematics

Unit Title: Wrap it up, I'll take it

Key Concept: Logic

Related Concepts: Equivalence, Model

Statement of Inquiry: Equivalence and relationships develops logical models

Approaches to Learning: Critical Thinking

Debatable Question: Do we need decimals?


Subject: Physical and Health Education

Unit Title: Volleyball

Key Concept: Systems

Related Concepts: Function, Interaction

Statement of Inquiry: To work collaboratively, all team members must function systematically.

Approaches to Learning: Communication

Debatable Question: Will functioning as a team always lead to success?


Subject: Physical and Health Education

Unit Title: Floor Hockey

Key Concept: Systems

Related Concepts: Balance interaction

Statement of Inquiry: Interacting through balanced systems creates success.

Approaches to Learning: Critical Thinking


Subject: Language Acquisition

Unit Title: Mis amigos y yo

Key Concept: Communication : Classes and location

Related Concepts: Structure, patterns, and Messages:

Statement of Inquiry: Talk about ourselves and others helps us communicate and show culture.

Approaches to Learning: Communication

Debatable Question: Should people use pronouns when talking about themselves?

7th Grade:

Subject: Individuals and Society

Unit Title: New Worlds & Perspectives

Key Concept: Change

Related Concepts: Historical Causality

Statement of Inquiry: New modes of communication, and groups of people changed the way people think and live.

Approaches to Learning: Reflection

Debatable Question: Should you judge another person by their perspective?


Subject: Science

Unit Title: Evolution and Natural Selection

Key Concept: Change

Related Concepts: Transformation, Patterns

Statement of Inquiry: Human modification of the environment transforms the pattern of change in living things.

Approaches to Learning: Communication

Debatable Question: Should humans have a unique responsibility to the environment in which they live?


Subject: Physical and Health Education

Unit Title: Floor Hockey

Key Concept: Systems

Related Concepts: Balance, Interaction

Statement of Inquiry: Interacting through balanced systems creates success.

Approaches to Learning: Critical Thinking


Subject: Language Acquisition- Heritage Speakers

Unit Title: Que hacemos esta noche?

Key Concept: Communication : Classes and location

Related Concepts: Structure, patterns, and Messages: Evening activities and locales in the community; additional food

Statement of Inquiry: Communication about activities, locations, and food related to the one’s community and those found in Spain express personal and cultural perspectives.

Approaches to Learning: Communication

Debatable Question: What are the most important activities teens do today?


Subject: Language Acquisition- Novice Speakers

Unit Title: You and the ways you communicate

Key Concept: Communication

Related Concepts: choice, convention, and idiom

Statement of Inquiry: Our word choice with reference to the past affects our viewpoint and how we relate to each other.

Approaches to Learning: Communication

Debatable Question: How do the nuances of the varied past tenses affect meaning of the language?

8th Grade:

Subject: Individuals and Society

Unit Title: The American Civil War

Key Concept: Systems

Related Concepts: Identity

Statement of Inquiry: Fair systems allow people to develop their own sense of identity.

Approaches to Learning: Information Literacy

Debatable Question: Should divisions exist between people?


Subject: Physical and Health Education

Unit Title: Floor Hockey

Key Concept: Systems

Related Concepts: Balance Interaction

Statement of Inquiry: Interacting through balanced systems creates success.

Approaches to Learning: Critical Thinking


Subject: Language Acquisition- Heritage Speakers

Unit Title: Un dia en el parque de diversiones

Key Concept: connections, creativity

Related Concepts: choice, conventions and idiom.

Statement of Inquiry: Communication about places of leisure express cultural perspectives

Approaches to Learning: Communication

Debatable Question: Should teens have choices in where they go to have fun?


Subject: Language Acquisition- Novice Speakers

Unit Title: You and your second language

Key Concept: communication

Related Concepts: choice, convention, and idiom

Statement of Inquiry: The English language influences our use of Spanish in the way we think and speak in Spanish.

Approaches to Learning: Communication

Debatable Question: Should the English language affect the way one speaks Spanish in the United States?




Name of Unit: Going in Circles: The House on Mango Street

Key Concepts: Culture

Related Concepts: Relationships

Statement of Inquiry: Culture influences the types of relationships we develop and ultimately how fairly we are treated.

Debatable Question: Do cultural norms make it virtually impossible for some to succeed while ensuring that others are likely to succeed?



Name of Unit: Moving Still: The Circuit

Key Concept: Change

Related Concept: Context

Statement of Inquiry: People change and societies become more fair in the context of historical and political movements.

Debatable Question: Can "powerless" people change society and their own fate?



Name of Unit: Lasting Legacies: To Kill a Mockingbird

Key Concept: Relationships

Related Concept: Culture

Statement of Inquiry: People of all ages, from all walks of life, influence us through all types of relationships.

Debatable Question: Is having empathy for others the solution to racism?



Name of Unit-Growing, Growing, Growing

Key Concepts-Exponential Equations and operations

Related Concepts-Model Representation

Statement of Inquiry-Observations regarding relationships and logic are powerful tools that help us make predictions.

Debatable question- Can we use observations to make predictions about the future of mankind.

Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies

Kimberly Lebovitz - PYP Coordinator

773-534-2841

kclebovitz@cps.edu


Jillian Estanich - MYP Coordinator

773-534-2564

jmestanich@cps.edu

PYP Disclaimer for Being A Candidate School in the International Baccalaureate

Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Peirce Elementary School believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org