This post was originally shared on The Library Voice.
The best kind of learning that takes place in our libraries and classrooms when our students are doing the driving. When they are connected and passionate about what they are learning. We can see the excitement. It makes learning fun and creates lifelong learners.
In inquiry-based learning we pose questions, scenarios or problems to our students, rather than tell them what they are going to learn. This sparks a wonderful curiosity that makes them want to learn through their own investigation and interests.
It is our job as the teacher to give them opportunities and resources to support and trigger this learning and the ability to connect to what they are passionate and curious about.
When our kindergarteners did their Iowa Animal Research Project, they chose the animal they wanted to research and share with classmates, teachers and parents on their special Project Parade Day in the library.
They also had a choice of how they wanted to tell everyone about their Iowa animal.
But what stood out to me the most that day is the fact that every student had a voice in their learning because they had a choice.
They chose their path in learning.
As a teacher librarian, I learned a lot on that day, too. I knew that I had to support and spark that curiosity in all of my students every single day in the things I said and did, and also in the resources I put into their hands.
This is something that we all can do through inquiry-based learning.
Kids Discover will encourage your students to choose their path in the inquiry-based learning process, too.
Their Discover Map is a visual concept map that literally connects the dots across different subject areas and time periods. Students just click on Discover in the top toolbar and it will ask them to…
When they click on any one of those colored dots or categories, it will open up into that subject’s visual concept map.
As the Historical Figures Discover Map opens up they can click on anyone, taking them….
Think about this project:
Your sixth graders have been asked to create a trip to any place in the world and highlight the geography and people found there.
The resources they find here will deepen knowledge, support work and, once again, give your students a voice in the choices they make in their learning.
There are science Discover Maps too, including…
There will always be something for everyone with Kids Discover Online, as it is filled with beautifully crafted nonfiction products that will inspire all learners as they explore more than 1,000 science and social studies topics.
Go to Kids Discover and let your students choose their path in learning, too!
To learn more about Kids Discover, please check out my post A Whole World Of Discovery In Science & Social Studies With Kids Discover!