To understand the difficulties and challenges in distributing finite natural resources from one place to other areas, gr.4 students are experimenting in becoming producers and sellers of a natural resources. They group themselves in 2-4 people. One group is producing one kind of natural resources in one of the islands in Indonesia. Their task is to set the price and add the distributing cost. The distributing cost is taken by counting the distance from the island post to the destination island. They have to add Rp 10.000 per meter. As the result, the price for one kind of natural resources is different in each island. By doing this experiment, the students understand the major problem in distributing natural resources.
Students have been learning about decimal numbers for these past weeks. They learned to write a number between two consecutive whole numbers using decimal notation and identify the place values and number values of the digits in a decimal number.
Last week, students measured their friends’ weight using the body scale. After that they have to compare and order the numbers from the least to the most or vice versa.
What are natural resources? What are the types of natural resources? How was the crude oil formed? How was the fossils formed? and a lot more questions arouse from students. In museum Geologi, they tried to find the answers to their questions. They were very curious and enthusiastic to learn everything related to natural resources.
Before we look for the definition of finite and infinite natural resources, gr.4 students tried to group the natural resources using the pictures they brought from home into 2 categories. Some students grouped them into living things and non-living things, some divided them into renewable and non-renewable, some of them sorted them into finite and infinite, the rest of them made other categories. After that they presented their works and we had a class discussion to decide what would be the most suitable categories for grouping the natural resources. Finally we agree to use the term finite and infinite to categorize the natural resources.
To celebrate the students learning this semester, grade 4 students have a project of becoming a wax statue of a world explorer. The students dig facts about the explorer’s biography, motivations, impacts of the exploration, and the routes of explorations. They display all the information on the exploration board. When a visitor come to visit their booths, the visitor must take a flag from the display board, then the wax statue will become alive and start presenting all the information about the explorer.
All students worked hard in this project. They memorized all facts about the explorers, they practiced to present it, they prepared the display boards by themselves, not to forget, they prepared the costumes of the explorer to be worn on the D day. They were all enthusiastic and learned a meaningful lesson in preparing the learning celebration. You’ve done a fantastic job, kiddos!