Friday, June 30, 2017

First Day of School - Ask Wonder Questions

By: Sparking Children’s Thinkibility
Grades 2nd-4th
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
Winnie the Pooh

Question Asking 

Let the students start the new school term by asking questions about things that take up the most room in their heart. They can ask BIG and important questions about serious things or small fuzzy questions that might need to be improved upon.

The first days in school are often filled with questions that students should answer. “Me mini-books” with questions about their family, pets, summer holiday, and dreams. In this booklet, students are asked to write their own questions.

In a world where answers are available with the click of the mouse, it is increasingly becoming more important to teach children and students to ask fruitful questions. The way a question is posed is not only going to provide them with an answer but it will also open their thinking to new and exciting possibilities. A question is what drives your student’s quest for knowledge and discovery.

Questions may inspire deep level thinking, spark curiosity and a desire to discover the facts and interesting aspects behind the question. Some students may pose questions that can be answered by a simply web search. Some questions may have no answer at all, but can spark new questions and ideas.

Questions are like little gems that keep the children pondering.

How to set up a “wonder question table”
“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.“
 Walt Streightiff

You can set up a display to inspire the children. Creative question invitations do not have to be complicated, if fact, it is usually better if they are simple.

You can use boxes, containers, or trays to make a beautiful invitation to spark questions. Natural materials encourage children to observe closely and use all their senses.

Link to the First Day of School - Ask Wonder Questions

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