There is much to be done, but each of us can do our part and it will help! An important part of the International Baccalaureate program is the Action Cycle, through which students experience taking action and making choices.
In second grade, we have been learning about how our actions and choices shape the future in our current unit of inquiry, Sharing the Planet. One way to help students start thinking about their choices is to get them doing something that will lead to a change or make an impact.
Second graders were given a homework assignment in which they were asked to choose an action that they can do, repeat, observe and reflect upon their action. They were given about 3 weeks to complete the action cycle. They had to turn in a log of each time they took action to record the date, the time, the place and most importantly what the impact was of their action. They also documented their action with photographs or drawings.
Just this week, students presented their actions to the class and reflected on their action. Our students have taken some incredible actions and have made impacts in their communities. Shaurya Kolla in Mrs. Wood’s class made a pledge to plant more trees, and he asked others at Imagine to also take the same pledge. He also created a video showing how he is doing his part to conserve natural resources and challenges others to do the same!
Through their action plan homework, all second graders were able to experience how their actions shape the future. We hope that our students will remember this unit and will continue taking actions that make our world a better place!