An inquiry unit called "Legacies" (first mentioned in this blog last year) has had its final inquiring.... We won't be studying history in this same way next year.
I have watched my students learning through this unit, I have been
thinking about the aspects I don't want to lose, even though we will
lose the unit.
Thinking about a strong introduction/provocation. See the link above.
freedom of choice to choose an area of interest to study. How did we do
this? Students browsed a variety of library books about times past from
different places. They browsed websites on a LiveBinder, "So Many Legacies" . They wandered and wondered taking note of items, sites, stories that sparked their interest.
Thinking about what the unit is about and what it
isn't about. I think this is so important. The boundaries, based on the
standards and benchmarks, need to be clear.
Thinking about engagement. So important for the unit to IGNITE
passion! Students want to be inquiring. They don't want to stop at
breaktime! Some EVEN feel the need to dress the part before they start
work each day....
Thinking about the Historical Fiction reading unit that runs along side the history and geography.
We picked a different element each day and talked about it briefly
before students read their chosen book from the historical fiction
selection. Students met in Book Clubs and reflected on how that element appeared in their books.
Thinking about freedom to work with 1 partner, 2 partners or no partners... based on managing distractions. And no one chose to work alone.
Thinking about sharing the learning. Always great to watch and listen. That's when you know if students have succeeded.
Images are all mine.