Investigate & Gather - Slow Changes to Earth's Surface

wind erosion
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  • Lesson:  

    Gather questions from each station. Generate discussion that leads to researchable questions.

    • Thin questions - These questions can often be answered quickly. These questions usually start with When? Where? Who? How many?  We call these THIN questions because they don’t have a lot of meat to the answers.
    • Thick questions - These questions take a little more effort and research to answer. You will often have to look in more than one resource to find a full answer. They can start with “Why do you thinkWhat ifHow would you feelWhat might?.  We call these THICK questions because they have more meat and filling to them.
    • Help students determine which of their wonderings and questions are more researchable, and connect with the essential question how does wind, water, and ice cause change?

    Students will return to the learning stations from Connect & Explore, with the addition of print and electronic resources to investigate and take notes on the research questions developed. 


Phase: Investigate & Gather
  • This phase is intended to:

    Allow students to develop question/s of personal interest and have time to gather relevant information to answer the question/s.

    Key ideas:

    • Encourage authentic questions (connected to real life, real world problems)
    • Assist students in refining/revising questions (6th-12th)
    • Encourage use of primary and secondary sources
    • Note taking 
    • Cite sources