Academic journal article Childhood Education

Questioning Blocks

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Questioning Blocks

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Building Multi-level Thinking

In a hands-on, scientific inquiry-based classroom, children engage in diverse activities as they learn to understand the natural world around them. Children mimic scientists as they investigate their world in the process of developing conceptual knowledge and understandings about the relationships and interactions of nature. Questioning, predicting, experimenting, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating ideas are crucial to students' scientific inquiry. Student-initiated inquiry requires an ability to develop multi-faceted questions to facilitate higher cognitive understanding. The teacher's role is to help students develop questions on literal, interpretive, creative, and connective levels. Thinking critically and logically is necessary to the students' investigations.

QUESTIONING BLOCKS, an activity that stimulates students' ability to think on multiple levels, can be used in K-12 classrooms. Take two blocks (wooden blocks, or sturdy cardboard boxes). On Block One print the questioning words "who, "what," "where," "when," "why," "how," and "which." On Block Two print auxiliary verbs, such as "should," "would," "might," "can," "will," and "did." The students will use these words to formulate and answer questions.

Suggested Procedures:

* Primary students keep Block One stationary while rolling Block Two. …

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