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Process Page for Inquiry Project

Invite curiosity

Small-Group Inquiry Model For Inquiry Project

Teacher Role
Teacher will introduce project to students by
showing video ART from scrap Collaborative
Listening Viewing Guide

Teacher will then ask about what they noticed in

the video and recycling and reading the book
Why should I recycle? by Mike Gordon

Activate or build background

While students are using the green calculator,

teacher will read some of The Lorax
Explain proposal to students
Students must write their proposals as if they
were real artists-what materials will they need,
how will it be constructed, how long will it take,
what it will look like when it is complete

Student Role

Collaborative Listening Viewing Guide

Preview/Review:Students will view video.
Record: Students will view video a 2nd time while
writing notes individually
Elaborate: join with a partner or table group and
discuss their notes. They will pick out the most
important points from the video

Students will use green calculator to look at the

difference something can make
Students enter an amount of paper or plastic they
use and they can see how many trees they can save

surround with materials

Show students examples of materials that have

been gathered and donated

Students will brainstorm other materials that they

could use for this project

Options: ground rules,
modeling inquiry, learning to
work with groups

Show TEDxGrandRapids-Innovate: Scrap

Metal with Stuart Padnos

Students will turn and talk:

Discuss video-what did he discuss? Why is it
important? What ideas does it give you for a
Students will navigate Padnos website to
explore more options and ideas

Modeling: how to read, how to
listen, how to view with a
question in mind
Modeling: taking notes,
keeping track of learning

Discussion & Debates

Students continue to develop


Teacher Role

Field trip and tour to Padnos Recycling

Center in Holland
When students return, teacher will have a
prompt for them to write a journal

Introduce Heidelberg Project

Read Magic Trash by J. Shapiro

After reading story, students will discuss in table
groups how they feel about the Heidelberg Project.
Do they like it or no? Why or why not?

Teacher will show students Arts & Scraps

website- an educational facility in Detroit where
students work to reuse scraps for creating art.
Teacher will show video on ArtPrize

Do we like what Detroit is doing? Should Grand

Rapids do more of this? Are they doing it with Art

Individually students should think about what they

want to accomplish while creating their sculpture.

Search and research for ideas by looking at artists

Ritch Bandstroms website
Vik Munizs website
Search through books for research ideas:
Robert Rauschenberg
When Trash Becomes Art

Students work together with

texts, sources to search for

Student Role

Teacher will show SCRAP website and allow

students to research for more ideas

Meetings with groups to

monitor progress

What ideas do students have about their

sculpture ideas?

During field trip, students will use sticky notes and

write key words/notes that they think will help them
for ideas for their projects.
Writing prompt: what did you think about Padnos
Recycling Center? What was your favorite thing
about it? Explain why.

Students will get into table groups and discuss any

ideas and sketches that they have for their sculpturepeer feedback is essential for this step

Continue research, begins to
draw conclusions
Help students determine what
is important to the task
synthesize information

Teacher Role
Teacher will meet with students to hear
proposals and suggest ideas to help improve
Is the task able to be done?
Teacher will model and teach how to create a
wordle from their proposal-students will write
their proposal up, then type their proposal into
wordle and create the wordle from their

Wordle with sketch/proposal

Students will write their proposals into wordle
and also add their sketch for the sculpture-they
will use the tool to see what the most important
parts of their sculpture are. This, along with their
proposal, sketch, and mock-up will be submitted
to the teacher and Padnos.
Students will think of materials and things needed
for their sculpture projects
Begin creating mock-up
Students must be sure to include what materials
would be used on larger scale sculpture.-be

Modeling organization and

evaluating information

Help students connect new

learning to curriculum & task

Student Role

Teacher will question students what they have

learned so far: would they be able to teach a
Kindergarten anything about recycling or
making art from scraps?

Students will visit a Kindergarten class and explain

the process of recycling to them-They will pair up with
Kindergarten buddies and read them a fiction story
connected to recycling:
Michael Recycle
Michael Recycle meets Litterbug Doug
The Lorax
We are extremely very good recyclers
Metal Man

Go Public
Help with clarity of final task
Co-construct checklists or

Teacher Role

Student Role

Confer with groups as they

complete task

Presentation of project to class:


Submission for Padnos:
Proposal write-up
Mock-up of Project

How to keep rest of class

engaged during presentations
Students record lingering

Students will rank presentations

1-10 if they like the idea and result.

After students see other presentations, students will

write down any questions that they have about
other students projects or creating recycled art.

Self-evaluation rubric

Students self-evaluate