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Week-long inquiries that integrate language arts and social studies to help students investigate and understand their experience during this unique time in their lives. 

Weekly Inquiry Library

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How can we communicate with others to share our thoughts and ideas?

When we are separate, we have to find ways to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings. During certain periods of history, people have wanted to communicate with each other in ways that only friends and allies would understand.  So they developed codes!

In this weekly inquiry, students examine codes used in history, from the Culper Spy Ring to the use of Morse Code.  Throughout the week, they'll use their learning to develop their own code to communicate with friends near and far.

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How can we celebrate our everyday heroes?

There are heroes all around us.


In this week’s inquiry, students think of a person in their family, community, or larger world who is making a difference right now. They identify a heroic trait or talent, then use words, pictures, and a heavy dose of exaggeration to cast this person as a tall-tale character.


Throughout the week, they'll use their learning to create a “Tall-Tale Trading Card” that describes their hero in larger-than-life terms.

How can we take positive action to support and encourage our community during difficult times?

During difficult times, people have always found ways to support and encourage each other by taking actions that spread joy and make others feel less alone. In this week’s inquiry, students investigate the ways that members of their community and others around the world are performing uplifting actions to bring joy to and support each other. 


Throughout the week, they’ll use their learning to design and perform their own “Uplifting Action” that supports their community.

Every moment we live is a moment of history! The things we write, the images we draw become the artifacts of our experience, the primary sources that will tell others about our lives. 


In this weekly inquiry, students learn about historical setting by examining images of the past: a photo from the Library of Congress, a picture of a birthday party in Australia, a sketch by Vincent van Gogh.  


Throughout the week, they use their learning to create a “Here and Now Snapshot." Their creation will serve as an artifact that tells the story of their experience during this unique period of time. 

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