We have been really working on encouraging our students to wonder. They have been great at engaging in activities in our classroom, but not regularly wondering. Turns out all you need is to have animals that they know of, but know very little about. We read a chapter book about the Arctic and were introduced to polar bears. The students began talking and wondering. We decided this was something we were going to encourage. As educators, we decided we would push their thinking by encouraging them to think about animals in various habitats. This is how we landed on investigating polar bears, giraffes and squirrels. Quite the unlikely grouping! But, we are hoping some exciting learning will come from this inquiry into animals.
Our learners have been enjoying wondering, exploring and researching about these animals.
|What we know|
|A polar bear out of cubes|
|Because of the wonder above, these girls began looking at pictures of giraffe's eyelashes and made these pictures.|
|Using books to help us learn more information about giraffes|
We are keeping track of our wonders and learning so far on our 'Animals' wall and in a binder. Students can refer to each others' wonders and information throughout the day.
|This space is for the students who want to keep wondering about different animals|
|'How to draw' pages are up on the wall to support students with the animals|
|Our learners surprised us by measuring the giraffes to see how tall they were!|
|After building habitats for their animals, A.R & I.D. wrote down what they know their animals need to survive|