Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fourth Grade Mini-Inquiry Research Projects: Mini-Books

In 2010, I read the book "Inquiry Circles: Comprehension and Collaboration" by Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels. It is an EXCELLENT book that details the concept of mini-inquiry to larger inquiry projects for K-8 students. 

Since I finished the book, I decided to try a 'mini-inquiry' project with 4th graders. After getting them 'wondering' about the world and modeling my own inquiry process - What is a stinkbug and how do I get rid of it in NJ? - I set them off to work, supporting them along the way. Students researched using proper sources, collected notes, organized them into a rough draft, and typed the corrected version into a "Minibook" template I set up for them. I used the awesome minibook template a Powerpoint template from the authors of the 'Digital Goonies' blog, Jim Holland and Susan Anderson, tech integration specialists who I first saw at ISTE 2009.

For the first time, this year students completed their presentations using Google Docs and the Chromebooks.

Take a look below to see some samples of student work - when printed out and folded, these created small "Minibooks" that the students presented in library class.  The students loved taking these home.

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