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Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey
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The activities in this lesson provide a foundation for using nonfiction resources for developing and answering questions about gathered information. Using a wide variety of nonfiction literature, students learn to sort and categorize books to begin the information-gathering process. Then, working with partners and groups, using pictures and text, students are guided through the process of gathering information, asking clarifying questions, and then enhancing the information with additional details. Students complete the lesson by collaboratively making “Question and Answer” books for the classroom library. This is a high-interest foundation builder for using nonfiction literature in research as well as for pleasure reading

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Read, Write, Think / International Literacy Association / National Council of Teachers of English
Date Added:
06/16/2015
Becoming Better Observers: How does observing, asking questions, and making connections help me understand things in nature?
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This series of 5 high-quality, standards-aligned, inquiry-based activities have been field-tested by first grade students and families of Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science during Safer At Home orders. These activities encourage students to use natural areas around their homes and in their neigbhorhoods as they improve their science observation skils. The materials used are ones generally available at home and the activites require little preparation on the part of caregivers.Created as a part of a WISELearn OER Innovation project, Connect, Explore, and Engage: Using the Environment as the Context for Science Learning was a collaboration of the Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science and the Wisconsin Green Schools Network. One of the goals of the project was to create standards-aligned lessons that utilize the outdoor spaces of the school (as well as those of the students' homes).  Each section of this resource is an individual activity. While each activity builds on the previous ones, it is possible to use them individually.The observation protocol "I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me Of, I Think Maybe" has been adapted from that of the BEETLES Project.The title image was used with permission and is courtesy of Joe Riederer.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Karla Koch
Date Added:
05/28/2020
The Great Molasses Flood Inquiry Project
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This inquiry embeds an Academic and Career Planning concept into historical inquiry, allowing students to make connections between historic accident analysis and the type of accident chain analysis a business might do today. By investigating the compelling question “Can the Accident Chain be disrupted?” students evaluate secondary sources about the Great Molasses Flood and address the issue of whether there are points along the accident chain when alternate decisions can avoid a calamity. The formative performance tasks help students build knowledge and practice skills so they can answer the supporting questions. Students create an evidence-based argument to answer the compelling question.

Subject:
Social Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Reference Material
Author:
Lynn Aprill
Date Added:
06/15/2018
ISKME's Teachers as Makers Academy
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This wiki page describes ISKME's Teachers as Makers Professional Development Academy.A two day professional development teacher training for the Maker inside each of us. We will explore how Maker-Teacher collaboration can facilitate innovation in the classroom. The Makers’ Projects are points of inspiration for Teachers as they experience DIY inquiry and design. Teachers will have time to brainstorm, create, reflect, and share how their experiences at Maker Faire and with Make Teacher Academy can translate into their teaching using online resources and collaborative tools. This page includes links, activities, photos, video, and group presentations from the Academy.

Subject:
Education
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
ISKME
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Kids Becoming Scientists through Schoolyard Inquiry
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This article provides an overview of scientific inquiry and how citizen science programs run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provide opportunities for inquiry about birds.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jennifer Fee
Date Added:
02/01/2009
Kindergarten Pushes and Pulls
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This series of 5 high-quality, standards-aligned, inquiry-based activities and two environmental STEM challenge activities have been field-tested by kindergarten students and families of Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science during Safer At Home orders. These activities encourage students to use natural areas around their homes and in their neigbhorhoods as they improve their science observation and reasoning skils as they explore the science of pushes and pulls in nature. The materials used are ones generally available at home and the activites require little preparation on the part of caregivers. Created as a part of a WISELearn OER Innovation project, Connect, Explore, and Engage: Using the Environment as the Context for Science Learning was a collaboration of the Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science and the Wisconsin Green Schools Network. One of the goals of the project was to create standards-aligned lessons that utilize the outdoor spaces of the school (as well as those of the students' homes).  Each section of this resource is an individual activity. While each activity builds on the previous ones, it is possible to use them individually.The title image was used with permission and is courtesy of Joe Riederer.

Subject:
Physical Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Michelle Vanlieshout
Date Added:
05/28/2020
The LIIIITES Model: Eight Ways to Shape and Illuminate the Contribution of School LIbrary Learning Commons Professionals
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A guide to amplify the wide variety of initiatives that put the library learning commons at the center of teacher and learning in a school. The acronym stands for Literacies, Information, Inquiry, Instruction, Innovation, Technology, Expertise, Service.

Subject:
Library and Information Science
Material Type:
Reference Material
Author:
David V. Loertscher
Fran Kompar
Date Added:
09/19/2019
My Learning Plan -  Goal Setting
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Links to two documents that will assist students in creating goals for their learning. These documents walk students through setting up their learning outcomes, the tools they will use and how they will show evidence of their learning.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Learning Task
Self Assessment
Author:
Judy Lefeber
Date Added:
03/20/2018
Mystery Cube Activity- Introducing Inquiry and the Nature of Science
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The Mystery Cube activity is a great way to teach students about inquiry, the nature of science, and constructing/communicating evidence-based claims. The students are given a paper cube, and without touching or lifting it, they must use observations about what is visible on the other faces of the cube to reason about what is on the bottom. There are three cube activities (a simple, primer-to-the-task cube; a more complex cube; a create-your-own cube) that can be used separately, used subsequently, or adapted as needed to match the intended grade level.

Subject:
Geology
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Academies Press
Date Added:
11/10/2015
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Observe, Wonder, Connect in Nature
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This series of 5 high-quality, standards-aligned, inquiry-based lessons have been field-tested by the 4K students of Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science, their teacher and educational assistant. These lessons encourage students to use natural areas around their school as they improve their science and engineering skills as part of a unit on observing changes. Created as a part of a WISELearn OER Innovation project, Connect, Explore, and Engage: Using the Environment as the Context for Science Learning was a collaboration of the Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science and the Wisconsin Green Schools Network. One of the goals of the project was to create standards-aligned lessons that utilize the outdoor spaces of the school . These lessons were created to take place during late winter.

Subject:
Early Learning
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Date Added:
06/01/2020
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Plant and Animal Interdependence
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This series of 5 high-quality, standards-aligned, inquiry-based activities and one STEM challenge have been field-tested by secong grade students and families of Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science during Safer At Home orders. These activities encourage students to use natural areas around their homes and in their neigbhorhoods as they improve their science and engineering skils relating to plant and animals interdependence. Created as a part of a WISELearn OER Innovation project, Connect, Explore, and Engage: Using the Environment as the Context for Science Learning was a collaboration of the Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science and the Wisconsin Green Schools Network. One of the goals of the project was to create standards-aligned lessons that utilize the outdoor spaces of the school (as well as those of the students' homes).  These lessons were created to take place during the spring. However, some of the lessons could be conducted during the fall. Cut flowers from a florist may be used in place of ones found living outdoors.The title image was used with permission and is courtesy of Joe Riederer. The observation protocol "I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me Of, I Think Maybe" has been adapted from that of the BEETLES Project.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Jennifer Beno
Date Added:
05/28/2020
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Quarter 3 Outdoor School-wide (K-5) Inquiry Mini-Unit
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The following six OERS for grades K-5 are designed for teachers to use the outdoor spaces around their schools for learning with the goals of connecting students with their sense of place and well-being. Together, the six experiences comprise a school-wide mini-unit in which each grade level explore an Investigative Question.  Collectively, each Investigative Question leads the entire student body in considering the Essential Question of the mini-unit.  A school leadership team identified the Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability (ELS) to be addressed at every grade level and developed an Essential Question to be explored.Wisconsin Green Schools Network FIELD coaches provided teachers with an introduction to outdoor, place-based inquiry learning, unpacked ELS, and met with grade level teams to co-create inquiry questions (called Investigative Questions in the lessons that follow) for their students to investigate outside each quarter. These OERs were co-taught with teachers and FIELD coaches and were refined during co-reflection.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sandy Benton
Date Added:
06/29/2020
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Quarter 4 Outdoor School-wide (K-5) Inquiry Mini-Unit
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The following six OERS for grades K-5 are designed for teachers to use the outdoor spaces around their schools for learning with the goals of connecting students with their sense of place and well-being. Together, the six experiences comprise a school-wide mini-unit in which each grade level explore an Investigative Question.  Collectively, each Investigative Question leads the entire student body in considering the Essential Question of the mini-unit.  A school leadership team identified the Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability (ELS) to be addressed at every grade level and developed an Essential Question to be explored.Wisconsin Green Schools Network FIELD coaches provided teachers with an introduction to outdoor, place-based inquiry learning, unpacked ELS, and met with grade level teams to co-create inquiry questions (called Investigative Questions in the lessons that follow) for their students to investigate outside each quarter. These OERs were co-taught with teachers and FIELD coaches and were refined during co-reflection.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sandy Benton
Date Added:
06/29/2020
Questioning: Thick and Thin Questions
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In this lesson, the teacher explains the difference between thin (factual) and thick (inferential) questions and then models how to compose question webs by thinking aloud while reading. Students observe how to gather information about the topic and add it to question webs in the form of answers or additional questions. Students practice composing thin and thick questions and monitor their comprehension by using question webs in small-group reading. This practice extends knowledge of the topic and engages readers in active comprehension.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
12/28/2015