A Vocabulary Preview learning strategy is used to help students develop and increase their working vocabulary about a topic or inquiry by providing students the opportunity to identify and familiarize themselves with vocabulary before and during an inquiry or other learning experience.
The Vocabulary Evolution learning strategy encourages students to reflect and revise their thinking about vocabulary words for a given topic.
The Key Concept Exploration learning strategy is used to teach and reinforce students’ understanding of key concepts.
The 5Ws and an H Inquiry Planning learning strategy provides small groups of students with a basic framework to establish key tasks and responsibilities for conducting an inquiry.
A Q + Q Observations Organizer learning strategy is used to develop and practice the skill of making qualitative and quantitative observations.
An Observation Pass strategy provides students with the opportunity to work collaboratively to make detailed observations about objects, places and/or events in their environment.
The Sequence Organizer learning strategy is used to help students record data or observations that occur in steps or stages such as a process or cycle (e.g., life cycle of a plant, etc.)
The Tables to Graphs learning strategy provides students with a process of converting data previously organized into tables into a graphic format.
The Prediction Guide learning strategy is used to assist students in accessing their prior knowledge in order to make predictions related to questions presented to them. A good Prediction Guide provokes critical thinking and reveals students level of understanding.
The Data to Tables learning strategy provides students with a process of converting raw data collected during inquiries into various table formats.
An Inquiry Summary learning strategy is used to make conclusions and summarize various aspects of an inquiry, including the testable question, predictions/hypotheses, observations and data, conclusions, and discussion.
The Conclusions-Evidence-Reasoning (C-E-R) learning strategy provides students with a framework in which to use evidence from an inquiry process together with inference and reason to develop conclusions about an inquiry.
If you and your students wish to extend the Tomatosphere™ program to include additional plant-based inquiries or if you plan to grow the tomato plants until they produce fruit, follow these transplanting and growing recommendations.
The skill of using appropriate vocabulary involves exploring new vocabulary in context and developing the ability to use vocabulary to communicate thinking and learning.
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 analysis.