At Union Day School, we take an inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching. Inquiry learning teaches students to develop real questions about a topic or concept and then find resources to explore those questions, including how to interpret the information the resources provide. Lastly, the inquiry learning process teaches students how to share their findings and new knowledge through presentations and projects.
In every grade level, Union Day teachers develop units of inquiry to explore specific curriculum concepts, with a focus on social studies and science curriculum topics. Units of inquiry begin with students completing a grade level appropriate “inquiry chart,” and then developing questions about the topic or concept using the provided “inquiry stems.”
Units of Inquiry progress with hands-on activities and discussions to deepen learning and guide student exploration as they seek new understanding and answers to the guiding inquiry questions.