In Grade Six we believe that practical learning is the best type of learning that can take place. Play is ultimately our brain’s favorite way of learning.
To understand how to move from passive to active learning, it is important to understand the four primary learning styles: visual, auditory, read-write, and kinesthetic. People learn using a variety of these methods, but one method is usually predominant.
It is easy to cater for the auditory, visual and read-write learners. However, careful planning is needed to engage the kinesthetic learners.
Over the past few weeks we have looked at 2D shapes, with specific focus on the properties of some quadrilaterals. The kids were given strips of cardboard and some split pins which they had to use to make rectangles. When the sides were moved, the shape changed to a parallelogram. For the kinesthetic learners who prefer using their body, hands and sense of touch, this was perfect as they could feel the sides and angles and figure out how these 2 shapes were similar as well as different. They traced these shapes into their books in order to enhance their learning even further.
We are also currently learning about electricity. Within each co-operative group, the kids discovered that a closed circuit is needed for electricity to work. Using wires, a battery and a little light globe, they tested different material in order to identify it as insulators or conductors.
Who knew that such basic items could provide so much fun and fascination for our inquisitive eleven year olds.