Investigate and Gather- Rapid Changes of the Earth's Surface
Identifying Research Questions (30 minutes)
Students will review inquiry journals and highlight things they found interesting.
As a whole class, brainstorm possible research questions. Record students' ideas using a SmartNotebook slide, a Google doc, or chart paper.
Debrief the process of formulating research questions.
Guiding Questions(adapted from Guided Inquiry Design, 2012):
- What is most interesting to you?
- What is your assignment? (If product has been predetermined) OR What are your learning goals?
- What information is available?
- How much time do you have to conduct your research and create a product?
Gather Activity (Multiple Class Periods)
Students studying related topics (e.g., Tornadoes) may be grouped formally or informally to create a support structure for the Gather phase. For information on Inquiry Circles, see Guided Inquiry Design p. 122-123.
The Pair Share Protocol (Guided Inquiry Design, Figure 8.4) offers ideas for prompts to guide the reflection process as students move toward creating a product.
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.
- 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