For years, I have been trying to find a way to quickly set up meaningful provocations for my students. I want them to be interesting but also provide valuable learning opportunities. I came up with these kindergarten inquiry ideas with Labelling and Provocation Cards to fill that need.
Kindergarten Inquiry Ideas
Once you have set up a provocation, your job as an educator becomes listening and watching your students to see what they do with the materials:
- What questions are they asking?
- How are they using/manipulating the materials?
- What is grabbing their interest?
- Are they even interested in this topic?
This helps you plan your next steps – are you going to dive deeper into the topic, or are your students not showing an interest in it? It’s okay if they aren’t – not every provocation will lead to an inquiry!
In kindergarten, my students are just learning how to write. To become independent and confident in their writing skills, I like to provide my students with different tools that they can use. Labelling is one of the first ways I teach students to share their ideas through writing.
With a provocation, I like to help them by giving them an example that they can follow. Students can add more detail or take some out depending on their skill level. This way, they don’t get frustrated, and I can scaffold their learning that best fits their needs.
I like to use the posters and cards as the basics for my set-up, then I add some hands-on materials for students to explore. It might be a wasp nest, animal toys, apples – something that they can touch and look closely at.
I also provide drawing and writing tools and some magnifying glasses if needed.
If you want to make setting up your provocations easy and provide engaging tools for your students, check out my Labelling and Provocation Cards & Posters pack:
There is a huge variety of topics to choose from, and I am adding to it as I find new topics.