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Social Studies Inquiry Based Learning: Solving the Problem of Homelessness
Curricular Design Emphasis:
a) extremely high student engagement for the inquiry context
b) thinking sequences that lend themselves to Full Class Discussions
(Social Learning Contexts...) for students to make their thinking visible
c) inquiry learning in which the whole class builds knowledge together and where students play a central role in the learning process.
d) teaching students the specific thinking and inquiry skills to be able to drive their own learning for social studies knowledge acquisition...
e) teaching lifelong inquiry skills and the mindset of 'solution mindedness'...
The inquiry model presented in this download carefully draws out the innate curiosity of each student, through careful observation of the image, inference, question formation, and question selection; leading the class through narrowing down all the questions to one burning question to research further, before brainstorming a solution to an important REAL WORLD PROBLEM !
The final steps involve consolidation, application, and reflection upon new learning.
First, students will design a 'superhero' that will have the ability to solve the problem that has been thought about and talked about.
Then, students will have a chance to think of a solution that would tackle the problem (if a superhero was not available!), in the real world.
Next, students will write a short story, with there superhero as the main character, that involves the superhero solving the real world problem (the hero in action).
Finally, students engage in a learning reflection, asking themselves questions like what do I think now about the topic, that I didn't think before, and so on.
The Clip ART (HEDGEHOGS) are from the amazing artist, Sarah Pecorino!
Instructional Design Principles:
-Problem Based Learning
-Student Centered Inquiry
-Talk Based Inquiry Learning
-Social Studies Inquiry Standards (C3 framework)
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
-big ideas, compelling questions, supporting questions
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