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Guided Inquiry Process- Explore Open Immerse Explore Identify Gather Create Share Evaluate
Kuhlthau, Carol C., Leslie K. Maniotes, and Ann C. Caspari. 2012.
Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School. Libraries Unlimited.
In the Explore step we still haven't developed our individual inquiry questions, but we're getting a whole lot closer! Now we're going to get a chance to browse through a variety of information sources to explore interesting ideas. At this stage we're truly more interested in exploring ideas rather than gathering facts. We're not worried about citing sources or notes just yet.  We want to dip into a few sources and try to make sense of what we are reading and seeing. We want time to look at a variety of sources on a broad topic so that we can each form a personal understanding, and prepare to identify a specific topic for further research.

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    • Select a Unit tab below to begin the Explore step of your inquiry.
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Unit 1: Connecting Research

PBA: Legend/Strange Phenomenon Informational Essay
Follow an inquiry-based process to research a legend or strange phenomenon and use credible sources to develop an informational essay.

LESSON 4: Look around and "dip in" to these websites and database articles to explore some legends and strange phenomena.

Think about which of these topics you find most interesting for research:

Topic Inquiry Question Suggested Resources
Amelia Earhart What really happened to Amelia Earhart?  
Area 51 Did the U.S. government really capture
a UFO and aliens at Area 51?  
 
Atlantis Did the lost city of Atlantis really exist?  
Bermuda Triangle Why have planes and boats disappeared
in the Bermuda Triangle?
  
Bigfoot (Sasquatch) Does the Bigfoot monster really exist?  
Chupacabra Does this vampire-like creature really exist?   
Moai of Easter Island How and why were the giant stone faces
of the Moai created? 
 
Stonehenge How and why were the huge stones
arranged in Stonehenge, England?
 
Yeti (The Abominable Snowman) Does the Yeti monster really exist?

Lessons 11-15: Argumentative Writing
Follow an inquiry-based process to research a debatable current issue and compose a written argument to support your viewpoint on the issue.

Lesson 12:
Your teacher will provide you with the activity Exploring Both Sides to help you explore some possible topics. Use the databases and videos below to complete the activity:


Pro/Con Leading Issues
Opposing Viewpoints in Context Opposing Viewpoints in Context SIRS Issues Researcher SIRS Issues Researcher

Click on the Identify step above to continue your inquiry for Unit 1.

UNIT 2: Making Cultural Connections: Connecting Experiences Across Cultures

PBA: Be a Museum Curator
Follow an inquiry-based process to research a culture and create a museum exhibit with artifacts that fully represent the culture.

Use the resources below to look around and "dip in" to explore some different cultures. Consider exploring cultures or countries you have read about in Reading class, or that you are studying in World Cultures class this year such as:

  • Latin America: Mexico, countries in Central America or South America
  • South Asia: India
  • East Asia: China and Japan

After you have explored some different cultures, use this note-taking organizer to help narrow down your choices.

culture grams virtual tourist virtual tourist virtual tourist virtual tourist
Culturegrams: BCPS database. Select World Edition and explore many different aspects of countries and their cultures,including slideshows, videos, and interviews with people who live there.
Around the World Around the World, a resource on the Time for Kids website. Scroll down to choose a country. View a photo slideshow and read some basic facts. Then, use the sidebar menu on the left to explore these features about the country: Sightseeing Guide, History Timeline, Native Lingo, Challenge, and Day in the Life
SIRS Discoverer: BCPS database.
Click on "Country Facts and Maps."
Explore and More Children's Museum Explore and More Children's Museum Explore and More Children's Museum Cultures for Kids Explore and More Children's Museum Cultures For Kids: Select a country to learn more about its culture.

Lessons 16-20: Become a Cultural Storyteller
Research the origin of a cultural item, custom, belief, or practice to compose a fictional piece featuring this cultural element.

It's time to start narrowing down your choices and begin to focus on which cultural item, custon, belief or practice you will choose to feature in a fictional narrative. You may decide to write about the same culture you researched earlier in this unit.

  • Use the resources below to help with your search.
  • Use this note taking organizer to identify the culture you will research, and to help you narrow down your choices of which cultural item, custon, belief or practice to feature in your narrative.
culture grams virtual tourist virtual tourist virtual tourist virtual tourist
Culturegrams: BCPS database where you can choose a country and explore many different aspects of its culture.
Around the World Around the World, a resource on the Time for Kids website. Scroll down to choose a country. View a photo slideshow and read some basic facts. Then, use the sidebar menu on the left to explore these features about the country: Sightseeing Guide, History Timeline, Native Lingo, Challenge, and Day in the Life
SIRS Discoverer: BCPS database.
Click on "Country Facts and Maps."
Explore and More Children's Museum Explore and More Children's Museum Explore and More Children's Museum Cultures for Kids Explore and More Children's Museum Cultures For Kids: Select a country to learn more about its culture.
CultureGrams Around the world: time for kids

Explore these resources to read examples of fictional narratives from countries and cultures around the world:

Click on the Identify step above to continue your inquiry for Unit 2.

UNIT 3: Making Scientific Connections: Connecting to our World through Science

Lessons 15-18: Development of an Invention
Follow an inquiry-based process to research a scientific invention and create a group documentary explaining how the invention developed over time.

Explore some inventions and their history in order to select a specific topic for research.
Look around and dip into these resources to help you decide:

Click on the Identify step above to continue your inquiry for Unit 3.

UNIT 4 - Making Artistic Connections: Connecting Ideas through Words and Pictu.res

Lesson 12: Multimedia Book Review
Compare and contrast traditional text forms with their graphic counterparts to determine the effectiveness of graphic text in communicating narrative elements. Use your written analysis to create a multimedia book review.

The covers of graphic novel adaptations available in your classroom book series are shown below.

Browse the graphic novels from the list below in your class library to identify several graphic novels that you would be interested in reading for this project.

  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Adventures of Tom Sawyer Aladdin and the Magic Lamp Ali Baba  
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Black Beauty Dracula Fisherman and the Genie Frankenstein Gulliver's Travels
Hound of the Baskervilles Hunchback of Notre Dame Invisible Man Journey to the Center of the Earth Jungle Book King Arthur
Legend of Sleepy Hollow Pinocchio Robin Hood Seven Voyages of Sinbad Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Swiss Family Robinson
  The Time Machine Treasure Island War of the Worlds Wizard of Oz  
Book cover photos courtesy of Capstone Publishing.

PBA: Graphic Novel Adaptation
Adapt an episode from a previously read narrative text into graphic novel form, and compose a reflection about the choices you made as a writer and artist.

Use the resources below to revisit a few of your favorite stories from Units 1-3 in Reading class this year. Think about which story you might choose to adapt into a graphic novel.

Click on the Identify step above to continue your inquiry for Unit 4.

jQuery Our 10 Favorite Monsters Destination Truth Monster Quest Mystery Quest UFO Hunters Skeptic's Dictionary Unexplained Mysteries Ghost Hunters Occultopedia Safari Montage CultureGrams Explore and More Children's Museum Around the world: time for kids World fact book SIRS Disvoerer