While taking part in a Twitter chat a while back, I was inspired by @cowpernicus, James Cowper, a Principal from Ontario who tweeted a picture of an inquiry project that a primary teacher in his school had done. I exchanged tweets with him to get more information and was eager to pose the problem to my students.
Each child was then given 5 index cards and had to write one thing on each cars that they thought were the most important things that would need to be included in the building of the community. The students then got into partners and tried to organize, group, and categorize their cards. Those partners joined another set of students and did the same thing. The groups continued combining and sorting cards:
Afterwards, the cards were put into the iCardSort app where they could be discussed, further categorizing was done, and the students volunteered to take on different responsibilities to create our community.
The students met in their partners or groups and decided how they would create their contribution. Plans were made to bring items from home and supplies were provided in the classroom.
After 2 work periods creating their buildings, parks and trees, we were ready to start putting it together.
It was a remarkable learning experience. The students were all engaged in their learning and all were active participants. The final result was remarkable! We spent 1/2 an hour playing in our community before it became more recycling.
A video to share:
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