Think 1, Think 2 is a simple idea but one of my favorite resources for Inquiry based learning. Whether you teach in an inquiry based learning environment or not, you can make use of this resource.
When you start a topic, ask children to complete Think 1 – see what they know about the topic, with pictures, labeled drawings, words, wonderings or questions.
Then, when you finish the topic, (maybe a few lessons, days, weeks or even a few months later) ask them to complete Think 2. You should be able to see the learning that has taken place, just by comparing Think 1 and Think 2. It also helps your students to see just how much they have learned – a great tool for making learning visible and talking about learning. This resource works well for any age group. With younger children, you may need to spend some time annotating their work.