Reflection: Student Led Inquiry My Feathery Friends - Section 3: Soaring to New Heights (Exploration)


Throughout this unit, I have utilized a KLEWS chart, which is a science anchor chart geared for primary students.  Here's a video I like to call KLEWS chart 101:

The "W" section of the KLEWS chart is for student questions, "What We Wonder."  Up until this point in the unit, we hadn't used it at all, except for when I posed a question like, "Are all bird beaks the same."  However, with reading a rich text today, the W section took off!  Throughout this book, my students had questions like, "Does the wood duck's feathers grow back once they pluck them?" and "Are all bird eggs white?"  

I turned these questions into an opportunity to give students ownership of the W section!  When students had questions, I had one of my better writers (who also needs movement breaks) jot them on a sticky note and run them back to the KLEWS chart!  Another of my friends, who is a non-writer, started drawing pictures as questions.  In fact, he picked up a National Geographic article from a few lessons before and wrote several pictures/questions the following day as well!

This unit does not incorporate a lesson strictly to ask and answer questions about birds.  However, I do bring in additional books about birds from our school library for research during language arts independent or partner reading times.  This lesson made the perfect opportunity to bring in the resource books and model how to add to and answer student questions!

Here is our KLEWS chart as the W section started getting populated!

Student questions #1

Student questions #2

  Student Led Inquiry: KLEWS chart, the "W" Wondering section
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My Feathery Friends

Unit 2: Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Lesson 8 of 16

Objective: SWBAT locate key details from the text and illustrations about how feathers meet the needs of birds.

Big Idea: What is the purpose of feathers? (Okay, *besides* flying!) Feathers are actually incredible external parts. They help birds meet all kinds of needs, and they are the key to our biomimicry engineering designs.

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