When we started our Inquiry Block 4, we began exploring patterns. We saw patterns in weather, climate, and temperatures; patterns in art, music, math, nature… we found patterns everywhere!
One day, we just started listing every pattern we could think of. Mrs. Baldwin asked us to choose a specific topic and explore the patterns. We traveled to the library to find some resources. We searched the web for more resources. We asked questions, found some answers, and then asked even more questions. Some of us were able to connect with experts* to ask questions about our topics.
Over a period of six weeks, we learned a lot. Some of what we learned was very specific to our pattern topics. We also realized we were learning other things, too:
Because we all chose patterns that interested us, our topics were very diverse:
- Baking ingredients
- Moon phases/Tides
- Jet streams
- Plant cycles/Nutrients
- Therapy and Science Dogs
- Plant growth in soil vs hydroponics
- Electric fields
We held a Pattern Expo where we shared what we learned with our school community (students, teachers, parents). For each visitor to our “stations,” we explained what we had learned, how we learned, and demonstrated our findings. Some of us had experiments and products to share; some had videos and/or photos.
Each of us had a choice in how to share what we learned, so we could use the strengths and talents we have. Our only requirements were to share why we chose our particular patterns, share/cite our resources, and share main highlights of our research along with our demonstration.
One of the things we noticed about sharing at the expo is that we really had to be certain about what we knew to be able to explain it to others!
We hope you’ll visit our individual student blogs to read our reflections in learning about our patterns. You can find links in our sidebar!
We would like to thank our experts for helping us learn more, too!
- Adam Bellow, CEO/Founder of eduClipper
- C.T. Thongklin, Chief Meteorologist, RFD-TV
- Chef Mark Kalix, Sur La Table
- Pat Blocker, CPDT-KA, Peaceful Paws
- Luca Formicola, Composer/Musician/Producer
- Nate Polsfut, Pre-Service Teacher – thanks for listening to each of us share ideas about our projects early in the process!
Here are some photos from our Pattern Expo (click on the thumbnail to see the full photo):