Developing the Life Principle: CURIOSITY

Life Principle

CURIOSITY – Desire to learn, to explore, to investigate (definition poster)

Quote: "Judge a man by his questions, rather than his answers." 

- - Voltaire

Spanish: la curiosidad

Key ideas:

  • I can choose to show curiosity in my attitudes and actions.

  • I can work with others, sharing my talents and supporting their ideas

  • I will strive to demonstrate curiosity by seeking knowledge and asking thoughtful questions.

Lexicon:

CURIOSITY

Elementary | MS/HS

  • Break the word into pieces

  • Sound out the word

  • Find the root word

  • Select synonyms that support

Sign Language for ‘Curious':
Put right thumb and forefinger together on throat and twist

Describing the process:

  • What would curiosity look like, sound like, feel like?

  • Use curiosity mind map to describe “curiosity”, using complete sentences to add supporting details.

Introduce the Question Focus:

“Our Question Focus for this lesson is about Curiosity

Produce the Questions:

Materials needed: white paper and markers

Allow about 10 minutes

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.

  2. Change any statements into questions.

  3. Write down every question as it is stated.

  4. Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.

Improve questions:

closed-ended and one closed question to open-ended.

Allow 4-8 minutes.

Prioritize questions:

  • State lesson plan criteria/guidelines and ask learners to identify 2-3 questions they think are most important.

Allow 10-20 minutes

  • Group Share Out: Have each group share their rationale for choosing priority questions.

Allow about 10 minutes.

Discuss Next Steps:

  • “What are we going to do with these questions?”

(Whole Group Discussion – outcome to align with lesson objectives.)

Sample: What behaviors support curiosity?

Reflect:

Sample: “What does curiosity look like for me/us?”

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