Wednesday, January 23, 2013

An Inquiry into SNOW!

Today's post is by Louise Robitaille (@robitaille2011), a teacher in Ontario, Canada.

Teaching children to think for themselves is a goal we strive to achieve. How do we ensure success? One way is to develop independence in our students. We encourage them to ask questions and we nurture their curiosity and wonder! 

The following clip is from Ms. Bourgeois’ Grade One class. It started with a read-aloud and turned into a month long investigation.

In Danielle Parent’s Kindergarten class, students ask questions and wonder!

Kids love winter in Canada especially when they can play in the snow.

What a perfect opportunity to explore and discover what winter and snow is all about. Some of the centre activities included:

graphing favourite winter activities:

using the “Snowman Maker” app:

finding winter words around the room:

learning about animals in winter, and of course PLAYING! 

The wondrous thing about using the inquiry approach to teaching, for both student and teacher learning becomes fun! Students are playing, learning and becoming independent engaged 21st century learners!   

Come back tomorrow, when @dubioseducator will write about "The Student in Me."


  1. I love all the inquiry opportunities you have for your young learners. I recently put up a wonder wall in my classroom and I love the questions they are curious about. I have no idea why I didn't do it sooner. The fun part for us is we are now trying to find answers to their wonders. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I like how your read along inspired your investigations! Following the students inquiry is meaningful learning. Thanks for sharing your classroom!