We began the class with a problem to solve--a succulent that needed rescuing:

Sara tweeted a picture of her ailing plant to the class, as if they were real botanists.

Then, she dropped the plant off at school for the kids to study.


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In groups the children examined the plant and began to write their questions.

Since Sara is not at Roeper all of the time, we tweeted our questions back to her.


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They conversed with Sara via Twitter with questions they had about the plant.

One of the tweets Sara sent back to the kids was noticed by Wonderopolis, a site that promotes curiosity and questioning in learning, and they joined in to encourage the kids!

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Once they generated their questions, they determined which were closed or open.

They then decided which were the most important ones to investigate in saving the plant.

As a group we worked together to summarize the important components of the questions they asked and we tweeted our revised questions back to Sara.


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The children next researched their areas of focus by reading more extensively about succulents.


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The Wonderopolis site continued to encourage the kids to find answers to their questions to help the ailing plant.


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From their research they were able to draw conclusions and developed plans for saving the plant, which were then shared with the whole group and Sara.


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As a group, we again summarized their findings of all the groups, until we came up with a plan which was agreeable to all.

  • identify a problem to solve/introduce
  • make observations/investigate
  • generate questions/twitter conversations
  • open and close questions
  • prioritize questions
  • summarize areas of focus
  • research
  • develop and present plan