Intermediate Inquirers

Where in the World

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Throughout their time in the Intermediate Pod, students focus on developing the Approaches to Learning. These are the important skills that that help students engage with the world around them, to continue to develop their knowledge and understanding, and to become lifelong learners. They are broken down into the categories of: Self-Management Skills, Social Skills, Communication Skills, Research Skills, and Thinking Skills.

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To help students develop these skills, we imbed them in the various learning activities we do throughout the school year. This gives students time to practice and develop these skills while giving them an important context to help them understand various ways these skills can be applied. As we delve into our final unit of the year about human migration and immigration, we are practicing a variety of mapping skills.

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Thinking about the earliest human migrations, we read an article that looked at the archaeological evidence paired with the current understanding of DNA adaptation data to trace the most current theory of when and where early humans moved.

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To help us do this, students used atlases to help them locate important locations in the article. They used physical maps to find continents, seas, and peninsulas, and political maps to locate countries. They practiced using the index to help them find smaller or less familiar locations.

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Students continued to practice their research skills looking for places where the article mentioned locations and dates. Using their labeled maps, we worked as a group to label the different migrations that early humans made.

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We continued to practice these skills when exploring the push and pull factors that cause people to move. Students read the accounts of people who have immigrated to a new country. In addition to thinking about why they were moving, they recorded where they were emigrating from and where they were immigrating to. As a whole group, we recorded their migrations on the world map.

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