Sunday, 6 April 2014

Our New Inquiry- Rainbows!

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” ― John Dewey

Our rainbow inquiry is in the beginning stages. We are continuing to listen to the students' wonders in order to determine the direction of our investigations and provocations. We read a story called 'Colors: The Rainbow of the Natural World' (published by Scholastic) and this inspired the students to look for colours around our classroom and school. Ms. Tompkins suggested we think about making a rainbow for our classroom.

We wanted to get the students actively involved in the creation of the rainbow so we gave them the camera! The following photos tell the story of the 'Rainbow of Room 122'.
Taking pictures.
Cutting out the pictures and sorting the colours.
Adding the pictures to the rainbow...figuring out what to do with the colours that don't fit in.
The students had many discussions about photos that included colours such as brown, black, white and multicoloured. Some students wanted them included in the rainbow while others said they didn't fit. Through facilitated discussions and reading books together, they created separate papers that held these colours instead of putting them on the rainbow.

Here is what the rainbow looks like right now...

Make sure you stay tuned! We have lots of wonders to explore...we are excited to see where this inquiry will lead.


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    1. Thanks! It came out of listening to the students and their ideas. They are so excited because they have ownership over the creation.