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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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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. 


Our Historical Moment

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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.

Codes and Communication


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.

Everyday Heroes


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.

Community Action


Even though many of us are spending most of our time at home, we are still connected to people and places around the world by the things we use every day! In this weekly inquiry,  students explore how the everyday things they use come from all over the globe.


Throughout the week, students use their learning to create a “My Global Connections Infographic” that describes the places, people, and processes that connect them to a global community. 

Global Connections


In ordinary times, essential workers are key community helpers that play important roles in society. During extraordinary times, however, these community helpers become critical to the health, well-being, and safety of our communities. In this week-long inquiry, students identify essential workers and consider how they serve as community helpers in the fields of food production, transportation, healthcare, and emergency services. 


Throughout the week, students use their learning to plan and perform an “Expression of Gratitude” that honors these essential workers and the contributions they make to our communities.

Essential Workers

Human beings have been creating timelines for thousands of years to help us document the moments of our lives and record the important events of our world. In this weekly inquiry, students explore examples of timelines--from the Bayeux Tapestry to a Kiowa winter count--to learn how they are constructed and what purpose they serve.


Throughout the week, they use their learning to create their own timeline of events to document their experiences.



Asking Questions

What if we took the time to dig into our passions, interests, and curiosities to find a question so exciting that it sends us on a quest? In this week-long inquiry, students explore how to ask, improve, and plan to investigate meaningful questions. They will use their learning to select an inspiring, personal question and create a “Quest Map” that describes how and why they will explore it. 


Much of the strategy students learn this week is adapted from The Right Question Institute. Their Question Formulation Technique can help anyone produce, improve, and plan to answer questions. Find out more at

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