Inquiry-Based Learning in First Grade
As a first grade class was listening to the teacher read a book about dolphins, one student asked, “Is it o.k. to keep dolphins in tanks?” From this question, our amazing teachers in room 314 developed an inquiry-based learning unit. The children read more books about dolphins, gathered information on charts, presented their positions, and wrote multiple drafts. The culmination of the two-week inquiry was a written piece now proudly displayed outside their classroom. The kids loved it, and some even began questioning the ethics of keeping a class guinea pig as a pet. Clearly this learning experience sparked their innate intellectual curiosity and fostered critical thinking.