This year the educators at my school are focusing on impacting our students' writing through the use of non-fiction writing strategies and embedding conversations on metacognition to influence our students self efficacy as learners at my school.
Inquiry based learning is a perfect way to practice non fiction strategies and encourage metacognitive conversations.
My class is not a stranger to inquiry based learning. We have done many inquiry based projects over the past year and a half. This time was different though because in the past we have always done the inquiry as a class. This time I told my students that they were all going to produce a non fiction book on an animal of their choice.
Step 1 - The Wondering Stage
Step 2 - The Planning Stage
Step 3 - The Gathering Stage
Step 4 - The Creating Stage
|This picture was created on Draw and Tell then uploaded to the Book Creator app.|
|This picture was created on the iluv drawing app.|
|This photograph was labelled using the app Skitch.|
Step 5 - The Sharing Stage
My students finished their books, and even went one step farther.... with the brilliant idea from my good friend Karen Lirenman, the children took screenshots of their completed books, imported them into iMovie and did a voice over using iMovie. They turned out fantastic and they posted them on their blogs. Here are a couple for you to enjoy: