|Introduction to Inquiry
|Kindergarten Animal Unit
|Grade 1 Water Pollution Unit
|Grade 2 Weather Unit
Water Pollution Inquiry Unit- Grade 1
In the Water Pollution Inquiry Unit, Ms. Whitman integrated English/Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Growing out of the children’s experience with floods in their communities in Columbia in the fall of 2015, the water pollution unit had immediate significance for their lives. The children were able not only to use literacy to learn about scientific concepts, but to take action in teaching others how to prevent pollution of drinking water.
The unit proceeds as follows:
|Before the Unit
|From the beginning of the year, the students had been discovering the strategies proficient readers use to learn from nonfiction texts. They learned how to monitor and record their questions and thinking, to use text features to help them understand, and how to work collaboratively to gain information from various types of texts.
|Introduction to Inquiry, Preparation – clips of Ms. Whitman discussing this preparation for inquiry and Lesson Artifacts.
|Student Work Samples – Previous Lessons
|Water Pollution Inquiry Unit
Lesson 1: “Infer Information From Photographs”Lesson 2: “Research from Digital and Non-Digital Texts”
|Coalesce and Go Public (Poster rubric)
|Coalesce and Go Public
(Samples of Student Posters)