Inquiry Units of Study
Each unit of study follows the following sequence:
IMMERSION: During the first week of every unit, students are immersed in the big-picture concept into which they will be inquiring.
PRETEST: Students undertake a pre-test to determine what they already know about the content and skills they will be learning during the unit.
INTRODUCING THE UNIT: Built into the early stages of each learning sequence, students are provided with an overview of what they will be doing. Students read through project sheets and rubrics and are prompted to ask clarifying questions.
HABITS OF MIND: During each unit, students are introduced to two Habits of Mind. They learn the focus of each habit and have an opportunity to practise it within the context of the content that they are learning.
SCAFFOLDING TASKS: Students work individually or in groups as they are exposed to and practise the skills necessary to complete a rich assessment task. Students are introduced to different thinking tools and cooperative strategies and opportunities to connect what they are learning with their lives.
INQUIRY: Throughout each unit, students are prompted to develop questions that they have about what they are learning and then conduct an independent inquiry into one of their questions.
RICH ASSESSMENT TASK: Each unit culminates in a rich assessment task. Students use rubrics to guide their progress and to assess peers. Many units include an opportunity for students to share their completed project with parents and visitors.
FUTURE ACTION: During the final task in each unit, students are prompted to consider how they will use what they have learnt in the future.