My new first grade teaching partner this year is going to teach me a lot of fun new things, I can already tell.
Here is a picture I took of her inquiry cycle board after our first six-week unit:
Pretty amazing right? The students were able to see a visual fill up week by week as they journeyed through the inquiry cycle that is tuning in, finding out, sorting out, going further, making conclusions (reflection), and taking action.
I obviously had to create a board like this in my own room. Here is what it looks like after we had our tuning in learning engagements for the first week of our Sharing the Planet unit with the central idea: Mini beasts play a role in our lives.
While this is on the back wall of my room, my lines of inquiry, key concepts, etc. are displayed in front of the room:
You’ll notice that under my central idea I have it translated into Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. I have students in my classroom who speak very little English, during this unit I had them guess what words they thought would be in our central idea, many of them said “mini beasts” and were very excited to hear what the central idea was, then when students heard it in their mother tongue they got even more excited.
The questions on post it notes are questions my students wrote when they came into our changed classroom atmosphere the first day of our unit. I love giving time for my students to ask questions!
How do you display your inquiry cycle in your PYP classroom? How do you have students ask and answer wondering questions?
*Here is what my board looked like at the end of the unit!