Connect: I wanted to give my first grade class an opportunity to explore ant artifacts before we started our research. I used the See, Think, Wonder routine, becuase I wanted them to articulate what they saw in the artifacts and I was also wanted to know what their ant schema. Lastly, I wanted them to generate questions that I would use to create inquiry circles.
What I did: I laid out ant photos, plastic ants and ant farms. Kiddos got to explore one artifact at a time and then we went through the routine step-by-step. First, we saw, then we thought, then wondered. Then they got to switch tables, find a new artifact and go throught the whole process again.
Extend: After our research was complete, and we had a lot of ant knowledge under our belts, we went through the same See-Think-Wonder routine. This time their wonderings were much deeper! Their new learning facilitated a deeper engagement in the routine and deeper wondering.
Challenge: I was saddened by the inital engagement in the activity. Their wonderring and thinking seemed very surface. I then realized that they just needed some schema. They did a much better job after research.