Each unit is different. Each unit has a different shape.
Some of them are straight linear lines, start at point A, pass point B, end at Point C.
Some of them are more root-like, branching off into many different directions.
Kath Murdoch posted a great list of picture books for inquiry on her blog. Some of those books are my favorites, others I need to buy. As an avid book collector, I need to expand this list. Books are meant for sharing! I spend some time with my books and chose the best ones for sparking inquiry...
(apologies to all you picture book collectors out there, this is going to hurt your wallet)
TSUNAMI! by Kimiko Kajikawa (story about sacrifice and bravery)
Art&Max by David Wiesner (fun story about what it means to be paint)
The Librarian who measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky (what it means to be an inquirer)
The Arrival by Shaun Tan (visual storytelling at its best)
D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths (or Norse Myths, ancient mythology told in easy to follow kid friendly language with beautiful art)
How I Learned Geography by Avi Shulevitz (the power of imagination)
Henry Climbs a Mountain by DB Johnson (a book about civil disobedience and Thoreau)
Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermot (j…
George Polya was a Hungarian mathematician who penned a book titled How to Get it. In that book, we comes up with a four-step guide to mathematical problem solving
Understand the problem. Make a plan. Carry out the plan. Look back on your work.
I am going to try and adopt this to a grade 5/6 class, with level friendly language to help guide them through the process. Here is what I have so far; I hope start doing a weekly Problem Solving class, where we work through the steps and train ourselves to think like problem solvers. I would love some feedback. What do you think? Is there anything wrong with what I have up there? Anything I should add? Anything that is unclear? Put your thinking hats on and deconstruct it.