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…
I read The Wright Brothers: The Remarkable Story of the Aviation Pioneers Who Changed the World not long ago (last year about this time) on the recommendation of a parent. We were studying forces and motion and he (a pilot) gave me the book to get a better sense for the science behind flying. I found the book fascinating, but not because of the science of flight (which, granted, was very interesting!). Instead, I was amazed at how the brothers developed their ideas. I was enthralled by their thought process, called the Wright Way, or I'm right, you're wrong.
Being very passionate people, they would argue in a very passionate tone. That is a nice way of saying they yelled at each other. Then, they did something amazing. They would switch sides and have another passionate argument from the others perspective. The debate would continue, and the yelling would soldier on. This method forced each one of them to defend what they might not otherwise have considered, and led t…
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.