Curiosity Labs for Inquiry Based Learning are designed for:
a) extremely high student engagement in inquiry based learning contexts
b) thinking sequences that lend themselves to whole class discussion
c) inquiry based learning 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 (inquiry based learning!)
The inquiry model presented in this download carefully draws out the innate curiosity of each student, through the research based pedagogies of activating prior knowledge, 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 their curiosity forward in ways that allows them to build meaningful conceptual models of the world !
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 wonderings
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
Instructional Design Principles:
-Problem Based Learning
-Student Centered Inquiry
-Talk Based Inquiry Learning
Additionally, this product aligns very well with the following social studies learning trends:
-back to school activities
-first week of school activities
-question of the day
-picture of the day
-inquiry solutions for social studies
-homeschooling options for social studies
-inquiry options for social studies