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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Unit of Inquiry

It's been a long time and I'm embarrased to say that I don't have a proper excuse. The holidays came and went and the first 5 weeks back are almost over. In our class we have been working on our third unit of inquiry; The Solar System. We have had such an incredible time working together to make connections and gain knowledge. The kids have been expert inquirers. In fact they are asking more questions than I know what to do with. I refer them back to books and the internet on a daily basis and ask them to come back to class and share what they have found.

Our lines of inquiry are:
1. The characteristics of the Solar System
2. The movement of the Earth, Sun and Moon
3. Earth compared to other space objects
4. Exploration of the Solar System

I was surprised that my kids knew so much about the solar system to start with. We made sure to record exactly what we knew before starting. Next we discussed what we wanted to learn about and let that guide our inquiry lines.

The connections that are happening and the action that is taking place have really been exciting to watch. One student brought her telescope to class while others have brought literature and news clippings from home.

Here are some pictures from our wonderful unit.

We worked with our pre-k buddies and together made Moon Rocks. The kids had so much fun and practiced following written directions at the same time.

They loved getting their hands dirty!

This is what they looked like when we were done.

More to come shortly!! =0)

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