This template can assist teachers and students in planning a general interest inquiry. General interest inquiries are based on just what it says; the general interests or questions of a student or a group of students in a class. You can work through the template to help students determine what they want to learn (what questions they want to answer), what they already know, how they are going to find the information they need and how they will demonstrate their learning during and at the end of their inquiry.
You can often connect a student's inquiry to curriculum expectations in literacy, math and/or other subjects. When i find expectations that may fit into an inquiry I will have a 5-10 min mini-lesson on that topic. For example, you may want to have a mini-lesson on bias or point-of-view if your students are investigating local industries.
Kindergarten - Grade 2
Teachers can use this template to help plan a group inquiry or help individual students plan their own inquiry. Going through each step with students will help them to become more familiar with how to create their own inquiry and how to find answers to their questions.
At the beginning of the year, or if learning through inquiry is new to your students, go through each step and help individuals or groups get familiar with the process. Use their planning sheet to fill in any mini-lessons that may be needed or help them to fill in gaps that may lead to not being able to find answers to their questions.
Inquiry Learning Planning Template
by Angie Naftel
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