Routines to Introduce and Explore Ideas

These routines are great at the beginning of units to develop interest and begin the process of inquiry. They can also be used at the end of units to further extend and apply learning.

3-2-1 Bridge

Activating prior knowledge and making connections
Graphic Organizer

Chalk Talk Considering ideas, problems, or questions
Compass Points Examining propositions
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Explanation Game Exploring causal understandings - why something is the way it is

See Think Wonder

Exploring works of art and other interesting visuals
STW Graphic Organizer
STW Box Graphic Organizer
STW Horizontal Graphic Organizer
STW Primary Graphic Organizer

Think, Pair, Share Active reasoning and explanation

Think, Puzzle, Explore

Setting the stage for deeper inquiry
TPE Box Graphic Organizer

Zoom In A version of See Think Wonder revealing small portions of an image over time