Inquiry

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Today’s blog post is a photo documentary from just a couple of days at FSI.  Visit our school visually, and see what makes Franklin Scholars wonder and ask great questions!

Hint:  Art of Science & Science of Art class is investigating the Atmosphere by identifying cloud formations, artists who have depicted the atmosphere, and by practicing the innovative intersection of art and science to design tools to measure weather and climate data.  (We’ll update this project in a future post, but please notice the early morning sky that greeted me to FSI today in honor of cloud study!)

IMG_6968 IMG_7004 IMG_7009From the Atmosphere (in 9th grade) to the Lithosphere (in 8th):  Geological Time, Stratigraphy, Index Fossils, Adaptation, Survival, and Extinction!  These are big concepts that our 8th graders are grappling with in their innovative and calculated construction of geological timelines, designed using the mathematics of scale, ratio, and measurement.  (I promise to share updates as these chronological timelines evolve through expert era inquiry and research.)

IMG_6978 IMG_6981 IMG_69827th Graders, under the direction of Ms. Warhaftig, launch a Writer’s Workshop collective with their historical fiction short stories based upon primary source documents and their current anchor text: The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass.  (PS I’m honored to be invited to participate as a fan of writer’s workshops and in support our FSI literacy project.)  Stay tuned as peer editors offer constructive criticism and authors refine these stories.

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Innovating Design and Engineering of picnic tables for our community! (Thank you, Chris DeFiore!)IMG_6969 IMG_6970 IMG_6971 IMG_6973 IMG_6975 IMG_6976Literacy Lab BOOK CLUBS use Socratic Questioning methodology to practice inquiry, peer/self assessment and literary analysis.

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