This post documents the beginning of our Snail Inquiry as we start to create new chapters in our journey as a class this year! To begin, our provocation was something quite simple. Ms. Theis found some lovely visitors (snails) in her garden at home and after much discussion around how we could use them as a hook for an inquiry, we brought them into our classroom. I think it's safe to say that when any living thing becomes part of the classroom family and environment it immediately gets positive reactions and excitement from students!
Here is how we set up our Snail Space as a invitation for learning:
1. Snails are kept in an exposed habitat of a clear glass bowl (with aerated lid) placed on top of a mirror for added depth and reflection.
2. Non-fiction and fiction books displayed around the learning space to promote literacy learning, research, investigations, wonderments.
3. Basket is filled with sticky notes along with a mason jar of pencils to invite students to record their thinking and ideas.
4. Clipboards with "I see...I think...I wonder..." template to support their thinking and to invite responses.
5. Magnifying glasses in tin for deeper exploration and discoveries.
6. Chart Paper with "I see...I think...I wonder..." template enlarged for students to place their sticky note ideas.
Once this Snail Space was discovered by our students, we didn't waste anytime documenting our students' initial theories and wonderments:
|If you can believe it...two snails escaped at different times from their habitat.|
One was discovered in a book when two students wanted to do more
research and the other was found on the mirror while a student was
writing down their observations!
9. Small interest groups of students have begun to create their own Snail Books based on their learning and knowledge of snails.
10. Some students have begun to create 3D models of snails using open-ended materials (e.g. playdough, collage materials - tissue paper, wire, glue, paper, wikki sticks, on the light table with various transparent items, etc).
*The above are only a few examples of all of the incredible learning going on within the walls of our classroom!
|"Good morning Mrs. Lowe's class!"|
|A snail in progress by E.Sk.|
|A snail in progress by G.B.|