As a fourth grade teacher, I loved the learning from the FOSS kits. (Not the stocking, restocking, and prep when I had 29 students.) If my memory is correct two of the units we used were Soils, Rocks, and Landforms and Sounds. When I saw the NGSS standards, I immediately saw connections and loved how easy I thought alignment might be for both content and the Gradual Release of Responsibility which was our lesson format.
At the TCRWP Supper Club I was introduced to Paul Anderson, science guru in Montana, and his inquiry cards during a Zoom session that was highly engaging, quite riveting, and easy to incorporate a minilesson.
Keys to Successful Inquiry:
Time for Exploration
Time for Questions
Time for Explanations
Time to Test, Plan and Carry out Investigations
Time for Argumentation
“Science needs to be LESS about following directions and more about the process of INQUIRY. Stop turning science into a cookbook! NGSS Exploration is first!”
“A five year old can have the same level of inquiry in nature as an adult in science. (Not so in math or literacy.)”
Resources or to Learn More:
(Under resources check out minilessons. Also check out performance assessments.)
(three units available for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade)
Does your “inquiry” in genre or author study include these steps? How teacher-directed is your inquiry? Where might you provide more time for students?
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