Lesson 3 - KWL and Inquiry Question
1)Introduce the lesson with “Play
the Great Upper Canada Pioneer Adventure”
2) Model how to do a KWL
what the students Know, and Want to Know about the origins of the Pioneers. Split
the KWL chart in half, (horizontally), and then model again how to do the
communities of today. At this point, leave the L column blank, but
let the students know the class will return throughout the unit to the Learned column to
add their information.
3) Introduce the Question
model how to develop an inquiry question about the origins of the pioneers
in Upper Canada as well as the present day communities.
example, "Where might the pioneers of Upper Canada have come from in
the 1800's in comparison to today's immigrant communities?"
4) Show the students a large graphic
where they will collect their research information in order to answer the
main inquiry question. At this point, divide the class into mixed ability “home groups”;
there should be about 5 children per group.
5) Explain how a “jig-saw”
strategy works with each group member becoming an expert in their
sub-topic. Once they have completed their research, they will return to
their “home group” and share their information with their other group
members. The whole group will then have a completed graphic
organizer to answer the inquiry question as well as to use as study notes
for their final unit test.
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