LiD Evolution at UHE- January 18, 2016

At University Highlands we highly value imaginative learning and the opportunities it provides to nurture wonder, curiosity, and persistence. Inquiry-based learning continues to be a focus in our classrooms and in our school plan, and is well supported by the Ministry’s re-designed curriculum. As our own learning as educators evolves and our inquiry practices deepen, Learning in Depth is taking on new forms at UHE.

This year, we have agreed that:

  • All students, gr. 1-7, will select 3-5 ways to create snapshots of their LiD learning to date. Teachers will facilitate students in creating these snapshots. Possibilities for a snapshot include but are not limited to: a drawing, sketch, or collage; poetry, a story, a riddle or joke; a reflection – I used to think/But now I know…, The most important thing about my topic is, or Without my topic, the world would…
  • Learning in Depth will continue in our grade 4-7 classrooms. Students will continue to pursue their topics in a variety of ways. They will also engage in inquiry-based learning in all curricular areas.
  • Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be engaged in a variety of inquiry-based learning opportunities but will not select Learning in Depth topics. Students with topics are encouraged to continue pursuing them at home and during any exploration time at school.
  • A LiD Open House will not be held this year. Parents are invited to visit our classrooms any time to see how learning happens at UHE. Please contact your child’s teacher to select a suitable day and time.

Thank you for inspiring your children to be inquirers at home. Your support is critical to your child’s success at school.

For your interest:

Lid Information can be found here:  Imaginative Education Research Group http://ierg.ca/

Designed for educators but excellent information about the power of inquiry & learning:  Galileo Educational Network: http://inquiry.galileo.org/

LiD! – Learning in Depth

Did you know….

Space Stuff:  A meteoroid is a rock in space that is roughly 32 feet in diameter.  If a meteoroid gets into the Earth’s atmosphere, it becomes known as a meteor, that people on Earth think of as a shooting star.  A meteorite is a meteoroid that hits Earth’s surface.

Question:  What animal did the Russians send into space in 1957?

Answer:  A Dog!

Stories for LiD Topics

Students of Division six came up with a list of places to find stories about LiD topics.  Try it yourself!

  • Ask someone (friend, relative, sibling, or parent) if they have a story to tell about my topic and share this.
  • Watch a movie about my topic and talk about it.
  • Ask a scientist or expert about my topic and share the information.  Many of the people we know already might be experts!
  • Create a collection related to my topic and observe it for a while.  Let my observations be the story.
  • Search for a story on the internet.
  • Use  Google maps to inspire a story.
  • Go to a place related to my topic and find the story there.
  • Watch the news for real life stories related to my topic.
  • Look in books – fact books and story books.
  • Make it up.  Use my imagination to create a story about my topic.
  • Visit an art gallery, look at art in the community, or look in art books for different ways that my topic has been drawn, painted, or sculpted.  Let what I think about the art be my story.
  • Use my eyes to observe the world around me and make connections between my topic and it.  My connections are my story.
  • Find a story about someone else’s topic and bring it to share with them.
  • Listen to the radio.

LiD 2013-2014

LiD is everywhere! Kyler studies a tourist map while out for a football game.

LiD Kyler and maps

 2012-2013 LiD Bulletins

LiD KiD Bulletin October 2012

Lid Kid Bulletin November 2012

Lid Kid Bulletin December 2012

LiD February 2013 Bulletin

LiD March 2013 Bulletin

LiD April 2013 Bulletin