Living and Nonliving
I chose this inquiry because it directly met the objectives of Mason Heights' living and nonliving study. My students enjoyed all aspects of the inquiry, especially traveling outdoors to examine living and nonliving objects. I felt the lessons did an excellent job of meeting the objectives, and provided concrete and authentic examples of living/nonliving. Also, the lessons were established in such a way as to successfully build upon each other, making it easy for students to connect to a previous lesson. The only difficulty we encountered was in the "Is It Real or Pretend" lesson; having discussed living/nonliving in the previous lessons, the students confused 'pretend' with 'nonliving' (e.g., many thought the rock was pretend because it was nonliving). Overall, the inquiry was very successful, and the students thoroughly enjoyed their investigations!
you enjoy using this inquiry with your students. It has been used in
Ohio classrooms and it aligns with the Ohio Academic Content