Curriculum-based Inquiry Learning Template

Curriculum-based Inquiry Learning Template
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If you are planning an inquiry based in curriculum, this template will help you to organize your big ideas, expectations and mini-lessons.

Big Ideas
This is what you want your students to know by the end of the inquiry and can be from one subject or across several.

Provocation and MindMapping
Choose a way to provoke interest in your students. This can be a book, video, movie, anything that may interest your students on the topic you want to cover.
Next, ask your students what they know about the topic. Record their answers on a Smartboard/Chart paper/brain mapping app for future reference by teacher and students. Go through the expectations in the curriculum and determine how much (if anything) of it students already know.

Sources of Information
This part is very important, especially with young students who will be doing their own research. Choose sources that are at their reading level or electronic resources that read to them or you will spend much of your time reading aloud.
Older students may be able to choose their own sources, however they need to understand bias and how to find reliable sources.

Look at the expectations that your students do not know. Which of those will have to be expressively taught or discussed? Do they know how to research? Do your students know how to use the program or apps? If you are using electronic sources, do your students understand bias?

Demonstrating Learning
Give students choice. Whether you give them several options to choose from or give them free reign, it helps them to be creative and take more ownership over their learning.

Kindergarten - Grade 2
These inquiries are usually done as a group. Record your student ideas and findings if they are unable to do so themselves, you don't want their learning experience to be hindered by their inability to write.
Discuss their findings at the end of every inquiry session to help share the knowledge each student has gained.

Grade 3+
Individual inquiries should be monitored to keep students on topic and to keep their inquiries moving along. Conferencing with each group or individual during each session, even only for a minute, will help keep you up-to-date with their research and topics.

Good luck on your inquiry!
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