'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.' (from the C3 framework...)
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. (constructivism!)
d) teaching students the specific thinking and inquiry skills to be able to drive their own learning (leading towards 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 pedagogies 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.
These inquiry labs have been exhaustively field tested over two academic years, in a variety of schools, and is the culmination of several workshop presentations, classroom trials, and constant feedback from teachers. As an instructional coach, the pedagogies are carefully selected according to best practices and careful research of peer reviewed pedagogical writings, and then transformed into easy to use and easy to follow learning steps.
Ultimately, inquiry learning is about teaching students the skills to construct their own knowledge, driving curiosity forward in ways that allows them to build meaningful conceptual models of the world !
'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 Silently for 1 Minute and then make 3 Observations of the Image
2. Prior Knowledge What do you already know (think you know) about the topic?
3. Carefully read the description of the topic. Circle any vocabulary words that you do not understand.
4. Work on Vocabulary Words. Write down any words that you circled from the reading on the page before, and complete the table below...
5. Re-Read the description of the topic and underline 1 economic fact with green, 1 cultural fact with yellow, 1 political fact with red, and 1 territorial fact with blue.
6. Situate the Topic on Earth
7. (Optional hands on step...) Situate the image on a blow up Globe.
8. Question Formation based on curiosities and wondering
9. Question Selection
10. Question Categorization
11. Question Reflection
12. The One Burning Question
13. Choose 2 Reliable Websites to Research the Burning Question...
14. Record Your Findings
15. Corroborate Facts
16. 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
Additionally, this learning lab aligns very well with the following social studies learning trends:
-the inquiry arc, and the inquiry cycle
-question of the day
-picture of the day
-practical inquiry methods for social studies
-homeschooling inquiry based learning options for social studies
-inquiry learning driven by purpose and curiosity
-curiosity, wonderment, and awe