Category: Social Studies

4 Powerful and Purposeful Inquiry Questions for Teaching Black History

2020 was a year of monumental change. It was a year of activism, strength, and inspiration. It showed everyone what courage, collaboration, and determination looks like. Furthermore, it provided students around the world with a starting point from which conversations,...

How to Teach the U.S Capitol Attack Using Inquiry Learning

Although a week has gone by since the capitol attack, many people are still trying to process what happened. Students need opportunities to talk about these events and spaces to safely process their feelings and reactions. For most people, the...

How To Build Amazing Models Using a Local Area Inquiry

When I worked in England, I learned that subjects like art, social studies, music, religion, and science were categorized into blocks called “Topic” or “Theme”. All the subjects were taught according to the objectives of the National Curriculum, but revolved...

Easy Ways to Teach Events that Occurred at the Same Time in History

Something I struggled with in school was the idea that events could occur in different places at the same time. For example, I had no idea that while the Black Death ravaged Europe, the Incas were flourishing in Peru; or...

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6 Unique and Independent Projects for Socially Distanced Classrooms

Teachers across Canada are heading back to the classroom soon. A concern among many is how to facilitate fun, engaging, and independent projects in a socially distanced classroom. There’s a lot of emphasis on collaboration and teamwork, especially in elementary...

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How to Use Nature Journaling in Inquiry Learning

Nature journals are recorded observations of things you see while in nature. They may include sketches of things like animals, trees, clouds, or flowers. It may also include smaller objects such as insects, leaves, twigs, or nuts and seeds. There are no rules with nature journals…