Day One: What is Inquiry?

Goals  Students understand what constitutes inquiry and how to engage in the process of inquiry effectively  Students understand that inquiry can occur on many levels, even in their daily lives  Michigan standards met: 1.4: Develop and use the tools and practices of inquiry and research 2.2: Use a variety of reading, listening, and viewing strategies to construct meaning beyond the literal level Rationale  Engaging students in an activity that is both fun and familiar will increase motivation and participation as well as draw on the students’ prior knowledge  Students working collaboratively to experience and understand the different aspects and methods of inquiry is inquiry-based in itself and allows for more dialogic instruction  Playing a board game engages multiple intelligences and literacies and allows students to experiment with a mode not often used in the classroom Assessments  Participation in the board game is a formative assessment that will allow students to experience the process of inquiry as well as provide the teacher information about what the students already know and how they can apply that knowledge in the classroom  Participation in partner work and classroom discussion will solidify the specific methods and aspects of inquiry for all students and make the clear connection between the board game and the process of inquiry Objectives  Students will be able to work cooperatively to play the board game Clue  Students will be able to use their prior knowledge and experience of playing the board game Clue to infer the many methods used for inquiry  Students will be able to explain and discuss these methods in partners and in a class discussion Tasks 

Introduction: Today, we are going to think about how we use clues and gather information to learn more about something by pretending to be detectives ourselves. We are going to have a little fun with this by playing the game Clue. If any of you are familiar with the game, I’m going to depend on you to be leaders and help explain the game to your classmates.  Task One: Playing Clue  Introduce the game to students and ask for student volunteers to explain the rules of the game  Clarify rules for all students  Have different students repeat the rules back to make sure they are clear for everyone  Students pick a partner and form groups of eight or ten  Students follow instructions and play the game until there is 15 minutes left of class  Task Two: Class Discussion about Process of Inquiry  Students will describe the methods they used during the process of inquiry when prompted with these questions:  What happened when you were given a new piece of evidence? How did it change your method? (Inquiry is a recursive process)  How did you pick up clues and makes claims based on those clues? (Different forms of/sources for research)  How did you keep track of the clues throughout the game? Was that a helpful method? (Process of research)  How did you collaborate with your partner to figure out the different clues?  How does this model how we might think about doing research? Materials  3 or 4 board games of Clue  Whiteboard and markers To-Do List  Find the different board games  Review rules of the game  Prepare/Review discussion questions  Arrange desks into groups of eight or ten