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Inquiry in Action: Africa

by Apple Distinguished Educators

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

This course details a curricular inquiry unit on Africa for primary grade students. During the three week unit, students will work collaboratively to investigate the culture, economy, geography, ecosystem and rich history of Africa. As the investigation progresses students will engage in the four phases of inquiry: immerse, investigate, coalesce and go public.

Throughout the unit students will employ the six research-based practices for strategic reading as they monitor comprehension, activate and connect, ask questions, infer and visualize, determine importance and summarize and synthesize information. Students will have a choice in their area of research and will work collaboratively to build new knowledge that they will then teach to their peers.

After students go public to their peers, they will share their new learning with the world via social media. Students will create a digital product that will "live" online once the inquiry unit concludes. This digital component allows for continued interaction, feedback and ongoing learning as students revisit their work, track progress over time and find answers to lingering questions.

For more information on Inquiry Circles, see the book Comprehension and Collaboration, Heinemann 2009.
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