Explore More is upon us. If you’d like a little background you can read some of my posts from last year’s Explore More where we did Literature Inquiries.
We have several units that connect to this theme: Da Vinci in the Renaissance, Myths of Greeks and Romans, and then there’s that whole unit they do on forces of flight. Of course as soon as we got going on this idea we thought…is there enough for 60 kids?
So Tuesday, on our launching day, we’ll be helping students to generate the widest variety of questions related to our theme. To do this we are creating an image file with pictures from any aspect of flight we can think of; snowboarders, balloons, kites, gymnasts, machines, rockets, circus performers, birds, feathers….you get the idea. Then students from both classes will collaborate on a Google Doc to record all of their questions. The approach with this is simple. Find compelling images and select them in order to stimulate divergent thinking. Ask only three simple questions:
- What do you see?
- What does it make you think?
- What questions do you have?
Let the students do the rest. Because they have done this before they will likely dig right in, although we will still model how use these question and how to navigate to the Google Doc and enter them.
Once we see where they are going we’ll help them organize the questions, pull out groups and have students submit a Google form to let us know which Inquiry questions they want to study. Students will then be grouped based on interest across both classes. Pretty cool!