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Nature is man’s teacher.  She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eyes, illumes his mind, purifies his heart; and influence breathes from all sights and sounds of her existence.

                                                                                    -Alfred Billing Street

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kindergarten Inquiry


This site gives a link to inquiry for kindergarten

Conceptual Strand,
Understandings about scientific inquiry and the ability to conduct inquiry are essential for living in the 21st century.
Guiding Question
What tools, skills, knowledge, and dispositions are needed to conduct scientific inquiry?


Grade Level Expectations
Checks for Understanding

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Readwrite think- Plant Inquiry

Student Objectives
Students will
  • Practice inquiry-based research in developing their own questions
  • Practice acquiring knowledge using the Internet and books to learn about a specific plant
  • Demonstrate comprehension by applying that knowledge directly to a growing plant and by presenting research to the entire class
  • Synthesize information about the plant by designing and creating an educational sign to place in the garden next it
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We adapted the morning lesson to develop a template for a content area lesson.


1. Write the first three words that you think of when I say ____________________.

              Using those three words write a story about ______________________.

              Short mini lesson on ______________________. (definition)

2.  Using the given definition how does your story relate to ________________.

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seeing if its working

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