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Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Favorites- Weather Investigation

    Well  I promised Friday Favorites post from my students, and I've already fallen behind. Things have been super busy both in and outside of school, that I haven't had time to get this post up. My kiddos are so excited about blogging, that I get asked daily when it will be their turn to do it. So here is our latest Friday Favorites from Curious C.

   Hi. I chose my name to be Curious C, because my favorite thing about 3rd grade is getting to research what I am curious about. This week I have been researching floods. Do you want to know something cool I learned? More people die in floods that any other type of extreme weather.  I thought that was a pretty cool fact. That is why our research projects are my favorite thing in 3rd grade.

    I know that Curious C is not the only one in my class who would say that researching is one of their favorite things to do in my class. I teach in an IB school, so most of our teaching is based on science and social studies topics. For each unit, the students complete a research project.  At the beginning of the year, we spent almost the first whole 9 weeks doing a research project about animals step by step together. Now, the students are expert researchers, and they absolutely love it. I create an investigation journal to go with each unit, and the students work in small groups to become experts about their topic. They then come up with their own way teach the class as the culminating activity.

Below is a picture of our inquiry station. This is where I keep library books and research materials for each unit. Students place questions, ideas, and things they are wondering about on post it notes on the "Inquire Here" bulletin board. 

 Our current unit deals with weather, so students have been focusing their research on extreme weather. Below is a sample of what their investigation journals look like:
Curious C and I hope you enjoyed this edition of Friday Favorites from our classroom. We promise to bring more fun things from our room very, very soon! 


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