Inquiry Fair

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to announce that our school-wide Inquiry Fair will be on Thursday, March 15th. Students will be able to set up projects on Tuesday, March 13th during the school day and judging by IB students from Douglas County High School will take place throughout the day on Thursday, March 15th. Our open house to view all the amazing projects will be combined with the Scholastic Book Fair and Parent-Teacher conferences in the gym from 3:30-7:30 Tuesday, March 13th and Thursday, March 15th.

The Inquiry Fair may be an optional event for students. For some students, this Fair will be a culminating action from their grade level International Baccalaureate work. For other students, this can be an opportunity to pursue personal interests. Projects completed outside of classroom expectations can be completed individually or as a group. Your child's classroom teacher will give more information IF they have classroom expectations.

If your child is interested in participating, please use the following link to signup.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 6th.

Inquiry Categories

There will be five categories from which to choose: Collection, Experiment, Invention/Innovation, Connection to Learning, and Creativity.

Collection

Collect and organize something of interest, answering questions related to observations made while exploring the world. Examples: What types of tree leaves can be found on my street? What kinds of tracks can be found in Memmen Ridge? How old are all the pennies in my piggy bank? For more information, please download the Collection Rubric PDF document which features the criteria and standards used to judge this type of inquiry project. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. If you do not have it, you can download a copy for free by clicking here.

Experiment

Conduct an experiment to find the answer to a question/problem. The Scientific Method will take you through the process of asking a question, doing some preliminary research, making a hypothesis (best guess), planning and conducting the experiment, and analyzing the results. Be reflective in the analysis. Is there any real world application of what was learned? For more information, please download the Experiment Rubric PDF document which features the criteria and standards used to judge this type of inquiry project. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. If you do not have it, you can download a copy for free by clicking here.

Invention/Innovation

Just about everything we use, work with, or wear was invented or repurposed to answer a need. Someone had to think of how to design that object to solve a particular problem or need. ANYONE can be an inventor. Use science, math, and creativity to design a thing or a process that solves a problem or meets a need in the following manner:

Problem
Research
Come Up with Possible Solutions
Plan
Create
Improve Upon It

For more information, please download the Innovation Rubric document which features the criteria and standards used to judge this type of inquiry project. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. If you do not have it, you can download a copy for free by clicking here.

Connection to Learning

Someone has already found the answer to a problem/question that is of personal interest to your child and now he/she will read books/magazines/Internet sites; visit institutions; speak with experts; etc. The display board may include drawings, photographs, charts, graphs, dioramas, etc. As IB learners, we ask our children to make connections to what they have learned everyday. Connections can be to other learning topics; looking at a problem from a new/different perspective; or, a connection that inspires the students to take action because of what they learned. Example: How is the human eye like a camera? Now that I've learned about conservation of resources, I am inspired to take action in the following ways.... For more information, please download the Connection to Learning Rubric PDF document which features the criteria and standards used to judge this type of inquiry project. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. If you do not have it, you can download a copy for free by clicking here.

Creativity

Amazing things happen when students are creative. This project showcases true imagination. A student must create something new. This can be art or poetry, or it can be musical or digital. It can include writing, but it MUST be an original and unique expression of ideas, thoughts or points of view. For more information, please download the Creativity Rubric PDF document which features the criteria and standards used to judge this type of inquiry project. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. If you do not have it, you can download a copy for free by clicking here.

Remember, these are student projects, but we encourage you to brainstorm with your child on different ideas and possible projects your child may want to pursue. The possibilities are endless!

We hope this will be an exciting experience for your child and all of the students at South Ridge.

Thank you,

South Ridge Elementary
An IB World School

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