Curiosity Project: Week 1

WEEK 1

What is Curiosity?

Monday

Meet with a parent or other adult at home asking these questions:

·      What is Curiosity?

·      Is it important? Why or Why Not?

Write notes on what you talk about.

Tuesday

Go to our class web site, to the Curiosity Projects links on the right-hand side.

Watch at least two of the Curious Learner videos and think about these questions:

·      How do these curious people use their curiosity or passion to learn new things?

·      What advice did they have for others who are curious?

Take notes below on what you notice.

Wednesday

Time to think about what YOU want to learn about! Talk with someone at home about what YOU are curious about.  List these below. Remember, you will be asked to share why you are curious about this topic.

Parents: Some students are zeroed-in on what they want to study, but there is value in taking an inventory on things that you and your child are curious about/interested in. Continue to have informal conversations about topics or things you or your child are curious to learn about.  Having informal conversations around the dinner table, on a plane, on a walk, or while sitting at the beach, is how you start to create a culture of intellectual curiosity that has your child intellectually engaged even after the conversations are over.

Thursday-Sunday

Time to narrow your topic choice and choose one. Look at everything you are curious about and choose something you’d like to focus on for this project. Circle the topic you are most interested in in your journal. Make sure if is something you are actively interested in now (NOT something that others think you should do!). On Monday I will meet with each of you and ask:

·      What are you curious about?

·      Why?

From that conversation and your enthusiasm, it will quickly be evident if you have chosen a true passion/interest.

Guidelines for Choosing a Topic

The topic must be a topic worth learning about. You should have a “live interest” and a current sense of curiosity about their topic. You have to be able to convince others that this topic is worth learning.

The topic must be a topic selected by you.

It should have no (or minimal) financial cost.

Previous Successful Topics Chosen by Children

How Jet engines work

Dangerous Weathers

Dogs

How electricity travels

Horses

How to make bread

Noise-sound

How does paper money work?

Volcanoes

The brain

Cancer

Codes

Air

Jewels and gems

Digestive system

Allergies

Judaism

Cheese

The Philippines

Rockets

Plants

Knights

Worms

Asteroids, meteors, comets

Constellations

Sleep-How does it work?  Why do we need sleep?

Teeth

Mosquitoes

How Glass is Made

How Energy Transfers

The A380 Airbus

Aboriginals of Australia

How Roller Coasters Work

Indian Reptiles

Car Engines

Construction Machines

Echolocation in Animals

Mosquitoes

Singers and Singing as a Profession

Eyes-how they work

Stars

How Earth Started

Guinea Pigs

Diamonds

Global Warming

Crystals

Oral Health

Water Conservation

How do birds fly?

How Do Cell Phones Work?

Greek Gods

Vaccinations

Rabbits

Magnetic Levitation Trains

Parasites

Jet propulsion

 The Brain

Oil

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