Fifth Graders Shine at Their PYP Exhibition

They worked so hard, for so long ... until finally, the big day arrived!

After setting up their presentations in the Quad, the fifth-grade class couldn’t wait for their Primary Years Program (PYP) Exhibition to begin, so they could share what they learned with their parents and the whole Dwight community! 

The PYP Exhibition is an extensive, collaborative process that actually begins a year earlier, when fourth graders choose which one of six PYP transdisciplinary themes they want to explore together. They selected “Sharing the Planet,” which the IB describes as:

“An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.”

Mid-way through fifth grade, students began conducting in-depth research into real-life issues and problems related to their theme, including: women’s rights, artificial intelligence, endangered animals, closing the wage gap, water pollution, racial equality, gun control, renewable resources, climate change, LGBTQ rights, global alliances, and more. 

While explaining the topics they investigated over the course of several months, students were glowing with pride! We were impressed by their creativity, knowledge, and enthusiasm — and congratulate the class for reaching this milestone achievement in their IB educational journey.

As our fifth graders prepare to transition from the PYP to the MYP — and to make the leap to Middle School — we know that they’re ready to do so with well-deserved confidence!  


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