Reflection: Rigor It's All About Plants! - Section 5: Elaborate:


Good Questions?

Is there such a thing as a bad question? Absolutely not!  There are questions that are better than others but there are no bad questions.  I begin the school year by teaching my students that to be a scientist you must be curious and wonder and ask questions.  We spend a lot of time distinguishing between a noticing and wondering. Here are couple ways that I encourage questioning and wondering in science: 

1.  KLEWS anchor charts - Before beginning each of our plant life lessons we start with wonderings.  

  • I start with a Question Focus like, "Everywhere you look you see leaves.  Why? What are you wondering about leaves? What do you want to know about leaves?"
  • Next I guide students develop questions about our "big idea" and we use those questions to drive our investigation.
  • As questions are answered my students get to move their questions to the "What we think we know" column. This encourages my students to ask even more questions.

2. As questions arise, I celebrate them.  I ask my students to write them down and put them on our KLEWS anchor chart. 

3.  I validate questions! "WOW! Great question!  Let's research that!"

4. We question and wonder daily in reading, writing and math!  With my students I create T-charts (Wonderings/Noticings) in each subject area and fill them in as we work.

5. Read Alouds - Sometimes we will stick with the same read aloud for weeks because we stop and ask so many questions!

  Rigor: Strategies for guiding kids to ask good questions!
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It's All About Plants!

Unit 6: Unit 6: Plant Life
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Objective: SWBAT observe the changes occurring during the spring season and record written observations in their science journals.

Big Idea: It is time to find evidence of spring! Let's go for a nature walk and discover all the new plants starting to grow!!

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