Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Day One of Joey's Plant Lab - Section 4: Reflection & Closure


Comments & Questions Chart

It seems counterintuitive that something as simple as a "Comments & Reflections" chart could be a powerful strategy for building student engagement and curiosity - but it is well supported by research.  I first stumbled onto this idea when using Concept Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI) as a part of my instructional routine for science instruction.  CORI is an instructional program that "merges reading strategy instruction, conceptual knowledge in science, and support for student motivation."  

Just the idea of students asking their own questions, and leading their inquiry has an amazing impact on even the most reluctant student's willingness to dive into even incredibly rigorous text - looking for answers.  All of this happens because they asked the questions.  However, as educators we also have to be willing to give them the space and time to find the answers.  That is the difficult part.  

This is one strategy that has a powerful impact in the classroom.

  Building a Culture of Student Engagement and Curiosity
  Student Led Inquiry: Building a Culture of Student Engagement and Curiosity
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Day One of Joey's Plant Lab

Unit 2: Plaid Pete Discovers What Matters in Ecosystems
Lesson 8 of 20

Objective: SWBAT explain how plants acquire their material for growth; describe basic plant structures; and explain how matter cycles through ecosystems.

Big Idea: What materials are absolutely necessary in order for plants to grow? Students construct hydroponic systems and set up a treatment to investigate the effects of sunlight and no-sunlight on plant leaves.

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