Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Geosphere: The Rock Cycle Day 1 - Section 2: Focus


At the beginning of this unit, I provided students with background information on the Earth's systems. At this point in the unit, I want students to take more ownership of the research process. To inspire student inquiry, I decide to experiment with writing key terms having to do with the rock cycle on the classroom anchor chart today WITHOUT defining each term. 

This process seems to drive some students crazy! They naturally want to know the meaning of each term. It's almost as if the poster and words became meaningless and tedious to them! 

As I finish writing the last term on the poster, I ask students if they have any final questions: Students Asking Final Questions. Many students' hands went up! I especially love how one student asks, "What connects all of these ideas together?"

This seems to be a very effective way to inspire student inquiry while working toward a preset goal. 

  Student Led Inquiry: Inspiring the Inquiry Process
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Geosphere: The Rock Cycle Day 1

Unit 3: Earth Systems
Lesson 5 of 16

Objective: SWBAT construct a diagram to describe the rock cycle.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students use multiple online resources to define key rock cycle terms in order to complete a rock cycle diagram poster tomorrow.

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