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Inquiry Fair

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to announce that our annual school-wide, i.e., kindergarten through 6th grade, Inquiry Fair will be on Friday, May 5, 2017. Students will set up their projects throughout the day on Thursday, May 4th and judging of student work will then take place on May 5th from 10:00 AM-3:30 PM. This year, our open house viewing will be combined with the PTCO IB Spring Festival the evening of Friday, May 5th .  Please mark this evening down on your calendars!

Just like our Inquiry Fair in the past years, this will be an optional event for students. For some students, this fair will be a culminating action from their grade level International Baccalaureate (IB) work. For other students, this can be an extension of projects that are being done in the classroom or as an at-home project. Your child's classroom teacher will give more information on their classroom expectations.

If your child is interested in particpating, please use this link to register.  The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Optional Workshops

There will be two optional workshops offered before and after school to provide support for students if additional assistance and guidance would be beneficial.  Workshop times are:

Tues. April 11th from 8:00-8:45 and/or 4:15-5:00

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