Springboards to Inquiry: 50 Standards-Based Lessons for K-5

Libraries Unlimited. Jul. 2019. 145p. pap. $45. ISBN 9781440869570.
Jaeger and Ratzer reimagine what inquiry-based learning, or the idea of students as active participants in their own education, could look like in the elementary school library. Using a four-step process—wonder, investigate, synthesize, and express (WISE)—the authors present ideas that encourage students to think, imagine, collaborate, create, and make connections. They succinctly and clearly explain the inquiry learning model and its relevance to educational research in project-based learning, social-emotional learning, and growth mind-set. Useful lesson plans for early, mid, and upper elementary students on everything from snow to gravity to pets feature essential questions and list resources. The appendixes include book lists for each level and handouts.
VERDICT Not only is inquiry well represented across the different educational standards, it also stimulates students’ imaginations and creates lifelong learners. This stirring guidebook is a strong resource for elementary librarians who want to spark curiosity.

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