Building A Robust Inquiry in K-8


  • Build a robust inquiry question that is authentic, significant, and relevant to students' learning
  • Develop an outline that details the facilitation of rigorous worthy inquiry tasks
      • What are the milestones or benchmarks for classroom projects?
      • What is my readiness for processes and skills needed for this project?
      • What is my role(s) and opportunities in growing project successes?
      • Have I fostered transformational technology use as outlined in the H.E.A.T. Spectrum?
  • Foster the use of affinity groups (Learning Circles/PLN/Social Media) for furthering learning and celebrating student successes

Key Resources:

  • Harvey, S. & Daniels, H (2009). Comprehension & collaboration: Inquiry circles in action.
  • McTighe, J. & Wiggins G. (2013). Essential questions: Opening doors to student understanding.
  • Wilhelm J. (2007). Engaging readers & writers with inquiry.

Optional Key Resource:

  • Wiggins G. & McTighe, J. (2011). The Understanding by design guide to creating high-quality units.

PowerPoint Presentation

(Don't forget to check the Notes section on each slide to help with planning)

  • Welcome
  • Inquiry of Inquiry: Frontloading Our Understanding
  • Saskatchewan Curriculum
  • Share on our Padlet Wall
  • Backwards by Design
  • Building Questions
  • Examples of Four Types of Classroom Questions chart

  • Question Sort

  • Oops Activity

  • Planning Time: Mapping The Plan; Inquiry Plan Template

  • Building An Inquiry Environment - Inquiry Stages, Teaching and Learning Strategies, Technology Tools and Resources

  • Project Management - Timeline and Expectations
  • Wrap-up