Inquiry, Information and Technology - Grade 1 - 5

Through the lens of the Saskatchewan Curriculum’s “constructing understanding through inquiry” teachers will examine how inquiry can be an integral part of each subject area. There will be a specific focus on Living Sky’s clarification of the ELA outcomes which incorporate the inquiry indicators, an introduction to new resources and some hands-on experience with apps and technology tools to support inquiry learning.


  • around the room - (name, school, grades taught)
  • around your table - describe a time you learned something new - something for which you had little background knowledge (feelings, strategies, aha moments, successful or not?)

  • 'Inquiry as Stance'
  • Inquiry Framework
  • Resources for Inquiry
  • Use of digital resources (integrated)

Inquiry as Stance

Inquiry as Stance

Inquiry is...
  1. natural to learning
  2. based in connection
  3. conceptual
  4. problem-posing and problem-solving
  5. collaborative

What is Inquiry
Table Work: Read the article and at your table share an example of how one or two is or might be addressed in your classroom on the Padlet Wall
  1. Authenticity
  2. Academic Rigour
  3. Assessment
  4. Beyond the School
  5. Use of Digital Technologies
  6. Active Exploration
  7. Connecting with Expertise
  8. Elaborated Communication

The Inquiry Framework

Activity - create a framework using the words from the Saskatchewan inquiry cycle diagram (powerpoint with words; create using SmartArt in Word)
Constructing Understanding Through Inquiry
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Inquiry Words Chart

Show the SaskCurriculum Framework (Link to ELA inquiry cycle in curriculum document)
Show the Inquiry Process Diagram from New Zealand - discuss differences
Watch - Under our Feet: Inquiry at Hugh Cairns School, Saskatoon - Activity - using your framework make a check where the students in the video complete a task or activity from within the framework.

Activity -Review Living Sky Continuum Document to see/demonstrate where inquiry is found in the curriculum

Resources for Inquiry
  • Curation - Diigo or Symbaloo
    • Student use of Diigo to create a classroom collection of resources
  • Library Renewal - Old and New Databases

Activity - examine the databases and determine how they might fit within your classroom.

PebbleGo (Primary)
PowerKnowldge (Elementary Science)
WorldBook (ebooks)
BookFlix and TrueFlix (K-2 and 3-5)
Global Issues in Context (8-12)
Discovery Education (All Grade Levels)

Additional Resources
Student Guide to the Inquiry Process
Building Info Smarts
- a useful data collection form

Reflection and Closure
email and describe one aha moment from today or a new question that you have as a result of the morning's workshop.