Thursday, March 17, 2016

What do you do when you wonder something?

Today we had an awesome spontaneous discussion during our reading minilesson, which was focused on how to take notes while you're reading a non-fiction book. The book was about what happens in spring, and someone wondered what worms do during the winter! They asked the reading teacher, who then asked me, but instead of giving them the answer, I decided to put it back on the kids to see what they could do to find the answer. Immediately they came up with some great ideas!

First, you can write the question on our wonder wall.

Then, you can try looking in a book. One student went to the library to check out a book on worms, and got straight to work.

Another suggestion was to "do research" by checking Pebble Go (a kid-friendly science website).

And the last suggestion was to check another informational video website we watch. It wasn't working today, so we settled on BrainPopJr.  Lo and behold, we found the answer, and learned a lot more about worms in the process! The team shared their answers with the class, and we made a chart of what you can do when you are wondering about something:

This was a great example of cooperative learning and independent knowledge-building! The kids felt empowered to answer their own question, instead of relying on a teacher or other expert to tell them. I was very proud!

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