What is Curiosity?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
How electricity travels
How to make bread
How does paper money work?
Jewels and gems
Asteroids, meteors, comets
Sleep-How does it work? Why do we need sleep?
How Glass is Made
How Energy Transfers
The A380 Airbus
Aboriginals of Australia
How Roller Coasters Work
Echolocation in Animals
Singers and Singing as a Profession
Eyes-how they work
How Earth Started
How do birds fly?
How Do Cell Phones Work?
Magnetic Levitation Trains