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Article 1: “Where did the leaves go?” discusses an inquiry based project to learn more about decomposition. The lesson was created to help students learn about the cycle of decomposition by having them investigate the decomposition of leaves. The article is very detail oriented as it lists out all the information needed to proceed with this lesson. I also liked that the students were required to create a KWHL chart in order to find out what they already know about the topic and what questions they have after the lesson is completed. This lesson really encourages class discussion and wants students to have the opportunity to share out their responses and ideas with others. For example, the article states that educators should initiate class discussions about “… what happens to leaves once they fall off the trees.” Also, students should form a hypothesis on what happens to the leaves and then share responses with the class. Students then get into groups and form ideas with each other that they will have to share with the class. As this is a 6th grade lesson, it shows how much collaboration is important as students reach higher grade levels, and that sharing ideas is not only good to get the teachers opinion, can also influence the ideas of other students.

 

Article 2: This article examines a study on how participation in an inquiry based science program can impact the way Kindergarten students can learn about various science topics. In this program, Kindergarten students are being taught to ask questions, make predictions, observe and record evidence and to communicate their findings. While reading this article, the standards the Kindergarten students had to achieve seems to be pretty difficult when remembering their age group, but as an educator, there are ways to make accommodations for the age group. The science lessons don’t have to be extremely difficult for the students to be able to participate, and with this age group, it’s important to use materials and conduct experiments where they are able to use their senses; not including taste. An inquiry based science program can work in Kindergarten with some limitations on what the students can do.

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