3 High Interest Inquiry Based Learning Labs (Bundle) for Student Led Learning

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    Curiosity Labs for Inquiry Based Learning are designed for:

    a) extremely high student engagement

    b) thinking sequences that lend themselves to whole class discussion

    c) inquiry in which the class builds knowledge together and where students play a central role in the learning process. (social constructivist!)

    d) teaching students the specific thinking and inquiry skills to be able to drive their own learning (leading towards increased inquiry autonomy)

    The inquiry model presented in this download carefully draws out the innate curiosity and prior knowledge of each student, through the research based practices of activating prior knowledge, observation, the question formation technique, question selection and question categorization; this steps situate students to then choose their one burning question to research further. This is followed by corroboration of research and then synthesis of findings.

    Questions and the desire to answer them give life to inquiry. Questions arise from students’ innate curiosity about the world and from their efforts to make sense of how that world works. Central to a rich social studies experience is the capability for developing questions that ca n frame and advance an inquiry. (from the C3 framework)

    This inquiry lab includes the following steps:

    1. Observe the image and make observations, inferences, and then shares inferences in a whole class discussion. (using the academic talk moves...)

    2. a. Carefully read the selected text.  Circle any vocabulary words that you do not understand. Then, work on word knowledge with the Frayer Model (graphic organizer)

    2. b. Re-read the selected text, this time through the lense of the four domains of knowledge (cultural, political, territorial, and economic) Underline each type of information in certain colors, as indicated. This helps students develop their understanding of the domains of knowledge in social studies.

    3. Question Formation based on curiosities and wondering

    4. Question Selection

    5. Question Categorization

    6. Question Reflection

    7. The One Burning Question

    8. Choose 2 Reliable Websites to Research the Burning Question...

    9. Record Your Findings

    10. Corroborate Facts

    11. Synthesize Findings

    In a nutshell...

    The Inquiry Arc comprises four areas: “one focused on questioning and inquiry; another on disciplinary knowledge and concepts relating to civics, economics, geography, and history; another on evaluating and using evidence; and a final one on communicating and taking action.” The basic idea is that students ask or are given compelling questions and then investigate those questions, evaluate and find evidence to answer them, and communicate their answers.'LINK

    Stay TUNED FOR the following inquiry labs to be developed during the 2019-2020 school year !

    Abraham Lincoln - with Gen. McClellan, Civil War (1862), Abraham Lincoln's Tomb (Springfield, IL), Andrew Jackson - Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812), Andrew Johnson - Campaign Poster (1864), Barack Obama - Cabinet Meeting (2009), Benjamin Harrison - Inauguration (1899), Bill Clinton - State of the Union (1997), Calvin Coolidge - Osage Indians (1924), Chester Arthur - Yellowstone Expedition (1883), Dwight Eisenhower - West Point Football Team (1912), First Ladies - Washington, Kennedy, Reagan, Obama, Five Presidents, Franklin Pierce - General in Mexican-American War (1847), Franklin Roosevelt - age 2 (1884), George H. Bush - WWII Pilot (1944), George W. Bush Inaugural Parade (2005), George Washington - 1861

    Confederate $50, Gerald Ford - Oval Office, George W. Bush - Ground Zero, NY (2001), Grover Cleveland - at William McKinley's Inauguration (1897), Harry Truman - 1948 election, Harry Truman - WWI Uniform (1918), Herbert Hoover - With Earhart (1932), James Buchanan - with Cabinet (1859), James Garfield - Birthplace Log Cabin (1831), James Madison - $5000 Bill (1928-34), James Monroe - Postage Stamp (1904)

    James Polk - Campaign Banner (1844), Jimmy Carter - Riding Bicycle (2008), John & John Q. Adams' Tombs (Quincy, MA), John Adams - 1776 Declaration of Independence (Hand on Hip), John Kennedy - Son under Desk, John Kennedy - WWII Navy Boat PT109 (1943),

    John Kennedy Grave - Arlington National Cemetery, John Tyler - Receiving News of Harrison's Death from Chief Clerk, Lyndon Johnson - Civil Rights Meeting (1964), Martin Van Buren - Birthplace Sign (Kinderhook, NY), Millard Fillmore's House - East Aurora, NY (1826-1830), Mount Rushmore, Richard Nixon - Apollo 11 Astronauts (1969), Ronald Reagan (Speech 1982), Rutherford Hayes - Wedding Day with Lucy (1852), Theodore Roosevelt - Spanish-American War (1898)

    Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration (1905), Thomas Jefferson - Monticello House, Trump Tower - New York, Ulysses Grant - Lee surrenders to Gen. Grant (1865)

    Ulysses Grant's Tomb (New York City), Warren Harding - Presidential Train, Alaska (1923), William Harrison - Final Day (1841), William McKinley - Signing Treaty of Paris (1898), William Taft - Learning of His Presidential Nomination (1908), Woodrow Wilson Baseball (1916), Zachary Taylor - Leading Battle of Palo Alto (1848)

    Alabama - Birmingham 1915, Alabama - Shuttle Enterprise - Marshall Flight Space Center, Center, Alaska - Chilkoot Trail Klondike Gold Rush, 1898, Alaska - Denali National Park, Alaska - Mt. Denali, Antarctica - U.S. South Pole Research Station

    Arizona - Grand Canyon, Arizona - Monument Valley, Arkansas - Little Rock Nine 1957

    Arkansas - White River, California - Golden Gate Bridge, California - Los Angeles

    California - Morro Bay, California - Pismo Beach, California - San Francisco, Cable Car, California - San Francisco, Coit Tower, California - San Francisco, Downtown

    California - San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf, California - San Francisco, Russian Hill

    California - San Francisco, Victorian Houses, California - Santa Barbara

    California - Venice Beach, California - Yosemite Half Dome, California - Yosemite National Park

    Colorado - Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado - Four Corners, Connecticut - Barndoor Hills, Connecticut - Bridgeport Railroad, Delaware - Legislative Hall, Dover, Delaware - University of Delaware, Florida - Kennedy Space Center, Florida - Walt Disney World, Orlando, Georgia - Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, 1864, Georgia - Savannah Historical District, Hawaii - Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii - USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor, 1941

    Hawaii - Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Idaho - potato field, Idaho - Shoshone Falls, Illinois - Chicago, Illinois - Chicago, Illinois - Lincoln's home, Indiana - Indianapolis 500 in 1912

    Indiana - scenery, Iowa - farm 1875, Iowa - harvest, Kansas - Capitol in Topeka

    Kansas - tornado

    Kentucky - Governor's mansion, Frankfort, Kentucky - Kentucky Derby,

    Kentucky - Mammoth Cave National Park, Louisiana - Creole food, Louisiana - Mississippi River steamboat, Maine - moose, state animal, Maine - rugged coastline

    Maryland - Ft. Mc Henry, Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis

    Massachusetts - Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775, Massachusetts - Mayflower at Plymouth, 1620, Massachusetts - Minuteman statue

    Michigan - Detroit auto show, Michigan - Mackinac Bridge walk, Minnesota - ice fishing tournament Minnesota - Paul Bunyan and Babe, Mississippi - Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi - blues music, Mississippi River, Missouri - Gateway Arch

    Missouri - Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri - WWI Liberty Memorial, Kansas City

    Montana - Elkhorn ghost town, Montana - Glacier National Park, Nebraska - Chimney Rock, Oregon Trail, Nebraska - homesteaders, Nevada - Hoover Dam, Nevada - Las Vegas, New Hampshire - Covered Bridge, Franconia, New Hampshire - shipyard

    New Jersey - crossing the Delaware at Battle of Trenton 1776, New Jersey - Seaside Heights, New Mexico - ballooning, New Mexico - Taos Pueblo, New York - New York City, New York - New York City skyscraper

    New York - Niagara Falls Inquiry , New York - Statue of Liberty, North Carolina - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina - Lost Colony of Roanoke, North Dakota - Ft. Mandan, Lewis & Clark winter camp, North Dakota - oil boom, Ohio - Amish, Ohio - King's Island, Oklahoma - Land Rush 1889, Oklahoma - Route 66, Oregon - Crater Lake Oregon - Portland, Pennsylvania - Independence Hall, Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh

    Rhode Island - Newport Harbor, Rhode Island - Providence, South Carolina - gristmill, South Carolina - Myrtle Beach, South Dakota - Badlands

    South Dakota - Mt. Rushmore, Tennessee - Nashville, Tennessee - Shiloh Battlefield, Texas - Alamo, Texas - Dallas High Five Interchange

    U.S. Territory - San Juan, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territory - U.S. Virgin Islands, USA - Blue Angels Airshow, USA - Open Range Cowboys, USA - Physical Map, USA - Upper Midwest, fall, Utah - Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah - Bryce Canyon, Utah - Salt Lake City Mormon Temple, Vermont - maple syrup, Vermont - Montpelier, Virginia - Monticello, Jefferson's Home

    Virginia - The Governor's Palace, Williamsburg, Washington - Seattle Space Needle, Washington - Seattle Space Needle II, Washington - tulip fields, Washington, D.C. - Capitol, Washington, D.C. - Capitol building, Washington, D.C. - Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. - White House, West Virginia - coal miners, West Virginia - small town, Wisconsin - dairy farm,

    Greta Thunberg Inquiry, Climate Change, Environment, Vimy Ridge, World War One

    World War Two, Canadians in World War One, The Electoral College, Andy Warhol

    The Crusades, American History, First Nations, Treaties, Indian Act, Riel Inquiry, Manitoba, Confederation, Plains of Abraham, Metis Inquiry, Ojibway, Plains Cree Inquiry, Big Bear, American West, Western Expansion, Cajun, Manifest Destiny, John Quincy Adams,

    Delaware, Boston, New York, 13 Colonies Inquiry Based, Checks and Balances, Civics, Rights and Responsibilities, Supreme Court Inquiry, Michigan, Mississippi River, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Rocky Mountains, CPP, Democracy,

    Total Pages
    60 pages
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    3 days
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