A student displays the toy project she built on a table.

Every year Wade King Elementary School hosts a special event called the Second Grade Toy Museum.

For approximately six weeks, second graders focus on a unit of inquiry under the theme of How the World Works. This is an inquiry into describing and changing an object’s balance and motion. The inquiry weaves together scientific writing, experimentation and data collection, and physical education. This is an example of integrated and inquiry-based learning in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.

The culminating project challenges students to plan and build a toy that demonstrates some of the principles of balance and motion about which they have been learning. With the help of parent volunteers and Fairhaven Middle School service learning students, the Toy Museum is a way for the second graders to share their toys, plans and reflections with family members and peers. .

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