I am very fortunate to be working on an initiative with my childhood friend and colleague, John Prezio. Our project: “Developing Global Citizens Through Social Studies Inquiries” aims to use puzzles and board games as “springboards” for inquiries.
Today I launched our project in my classroom by having my students complete a puzzle of the world (the pieces are shaped like the countries) and then do mini “inquiries” on three countries from three different countries. The students leveraged technology such as Google Geo Tools (Google Earth and Maps) as well as websites and YouTube to build their knowledge of their countries of study.They recorded their learning in their digital “Passports to the World”.
The launch of the project was a resounding success! It was amazing to watch the world unfold at my students’ fingertips as they created their puzzles and then deepen their knowledge through the mini inquiries of their choice!
Watch this blog post for updates as we continue with our project!