Presentation Title

A Journey into Inquiry: Repurposing Children’s Books to Teach Science Concepts

Type of Presentation

Poster Session (45 minutes)

Target Audience

K-12

Abstract

Inquiry and research traditionally involves a written response. This poster session will examine how children’s books can be repurposed to:

  • ignite the imagination of secondary science students
  • create focus and guide students towards the development of “the right question” that successfully guides “mindful inquiry”
  • guide the development of unique outcomes/products that demonstrate new knowledge and understanding.

A Tip Sheet will focus on:

• Criteria used to select children’s books

• GID (Guided Inquiry Design): Moving from “Rote’n Recall to Rigor”

• Developing “the right question” to guide research and mindful inquiry.

• Examples of assignments that: • make connections to personal experiences and the community, • illustrate “Making” to demonstrate new learning. • utilize Web 2.0 tools/Apps, to gather, store, manipulate, add voice and text to research and to consolidate new understanding

Participants will also have an opportunity to see how www.padlet.com can serve as a forum for discussion/sharing/collaboration.

Books on display examine viewpoint, perspective, historical and social context, storytelling, personal interpretation, emotional engagement and photographs as a means of engaging students.

Poster Session Discussion to include:

  • Overview Science Standards,
  • Model of GID(Guided Inquiry Design): Examination of Rote’n Recall To Rigor
  • Children’s Books – The Selection Process
  • Deconstruction of a children’s book to demonstrate deeper thinking and how to develop the Right Question that will guide mindful inquiry
  • Examples of outcomes/projects that demonstrate new knowledge and understanding
  • Display of children's books

Ideas/activities developed adhere to the “Standards for the 21st Century Learner” and the principles inherent in the “Common Core Standards”. Technology is used as a tool to facilitate learning. Strategies model best practices and can be adapted by participants to suit their own program requirements. Participants will leave with renewed enthusiasm and armed with specific ideas that can be readily employed to promote Science, Inquiry and Information Literacy.

Presentation Description

Utilize the power of children’s books to capture the imagination of secondary students and jump-start the science inquiry process. Children’s stories coupled with images evoke an emotional and intellectual response that creates a memorable experience for the reader. With information overload, a children’s story can focus ideas and serve as a powerful means of engaging and delivering a message. This poster session will examine how you can successfully repurpose children’s book to evoke insight and journey into science inquiry.

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Sep 25th, 12:30 PM Sep 25th, 1:45 PM

A Journey into Inquiry: Repurposing Children’s Books to Teach Science Concepts

Inquiry and research traditionally involves a written response. This poster session will examine how children’s books can be repurposed to:

  • ignite the imagination of secondary science students
  • create focus and guide students towards the development of “the right question” that successfully guides “mindful inquiry”
  • guide the development of unique outcomes/products that demonstrate new knowledge and understanding.

A Tip Sheet will focus on:

• Criteria used to select children’s books

• GID (Guided Inquiry Design): Moving from “Rote’n Recall to Rigor”

• Developing “the right question” to guide research and mindful inquiry.

• Examples of assignments that: • make connections to personal experiences and the community, • illustrate “Making” to demonstrate new learning. • utilize Web 2.0 tools/Apps, to gather, store, manipulate, add voice and text to research and to consolidate new understanding

Participants will also have an opportunity to see how www.padlet.com can serve as a forum for discussion/sharing/collaboration.

Books on display examine viewpoint, perspective, historical and social context, storytelling, personal interpretation, emotional engagement and photographs as a means of engaging students.

Poster Session Discussion to include:

  • Overview Science Standards,
  • Model of GID(Guided Inquiry Design): Examination of Rote’n Recall To Rigor
  • Children’s Books – The Selection Process
  • Deconstruction of a children’s book to demonstrate deeper thinking and how to develop the Right Question that will guide mindful inquiry
  • Examples of outcomes/projects that demonstrate new knowledge and understanding
  • Display of children's books

Ideas/activities developed adhere to the “Standards for the 21st Century Learner” and the principles inherent in the “Common Core Standards”. Technology is used as a tool to facilitate learning. Strategies model best practices and can be adapted by participants to suit their own program requirements. Participants will leave with renewed enthusiasm and armed with specific ideas that can be readily employed to promote Science, Inquiry and Information Literacy.