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Using inquiry and problem-solving approaches, these learning experiences build upon students’ interests, support curricula, literacy and numeracy, and foster children’s skill development.

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Design & Build Backgrounder

One way that humans apply skills and knowledge as we fulfil our desire to modify the world to suit our needs is through technological problem-solving.

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Design And Build

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Design & Build a Seed Saver

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a structure that will protect a seed from the elements.

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Design And Build

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Design & Build a Water Tower

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a build a stable structure out of paper to support a 500 mL water bottle.

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Learning Strategies

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Question Matrix

A Question Matrix is a tool to assist students in developing the skill of asking rich, higher-order questions about objects, events, ideas, and places in their environment.

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Skill Look-fors

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Communicating

Communication is the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, and/or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else.

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Working Collaboratively

Working collaboratively is the act of working effectively with other students and/or adults within diverse groupings.

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Analyzing & Interpreting

Analyzing data is a process of looking for patterns in data that has been collected through inquiry and figuring out about what the patterns might mean. Interpreting the data is a process of trying to explain the patterns that were discovered.

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Working Safely

The skill of working safely involves students taking responsibility for their own safe participation, and the safety of others, during Inquiries and Design & Build challenges.

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Recording Data

The skill of recording involves the documenting and preserving of data and observations in a variety of forms for the purpose of capturing information for later use.

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Comparing & Contrasting

Comparing and contrasting are ways of looking at things to determine how they are alike and how they are different.

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Sorting & Classifying

The process of sorting involves grouping objects or events according to their similarities whereas the process of classifying involves grouping objects or events into pre-determined groups.

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Making Connections

The ability to make connections involves a process of connecting prior knowledge to new knowledge and experiences.

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Inquiry

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Seed Dispersal

Students develop and apply the skills of comparing and contrasting, observing and sorting and classifying to investigate how seeds move from place to place.

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Observing

The skill of observing involves using all of the senses, as appropriate, to find out about the characteristics, properties and attributes of objects, places and events.

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Planning

Planning is a thinking skill that involves identifying methods, materials and a sequence of events to reach a goal, complete a project or accomplish a task.

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