Inspiring Inquiry

This is a list of all my inquiry provocations, each designed to help students inquire, ponder, and question (through October 2018). They are grouped by overarching concept, with favorites in bold.

For background on when I first started my blog schedule, including Inspiring Inquiry posts, click here

PYP Essential Elements & Transdisciplinary Themes

For a list of just the picture books from the PYP posts below, click here

  • Inquiry Into the 5 Essential Elements of the PYP (includes “The Potter” & “Soar”)
  • Attitudes:
    • Empathy (includes Scarlett & If We Could See Inside Others’ Hearts)
    • Curiosity (includes Mirror, A Short Story of Similar Objects & Pioneering Scientists Journeys 1000m Deep in Antarctica)
    • Commitment (includes Be A Control Freak / Lily Hevesh & Stukenborg)
    • Enthusiasm (includes Piano Guys & Pep Talk from Kid President)
    • Appreciation (includes Noticing the Soundscapes of Yosemite National Park & Last Stop on Market Street)
    • Independence (includes La Luna & Memo)
    • Cooperation (includes OK Go & Head Up)
    • Integrity (includes Alike & Dove Real Beauty Sketches)
    • Tolerance (includes What is Public Life & Charter for Compassion)
    • Respect (includes Respect Mother Nature & Pixar’s Day & Night
  • Learner Profile:
    • Knowledgeable (includes Lisa Winter, Robot Builder & Google Engine Timelapse Page)
    • Caring (includes The Gnomist & “Give a Little Love, Get A Little Love”)
    • Principled (includes Randy Pausch — Live the Right Way & We Found a Hat)
    • Risk-Taker (includes The Courage to Invent: A NASA Roboticist Tells Her Story & Malala’s Magic Pencil)
    • Open-Minded (includes How Often Do You Challenge Your Biases? & The Things Kids Carried)
    • Inquirer (includes A Mini, Magnetic, All-Terrain Robot & Going Fishing Stop Motion)
    • Communicator (includes Obvious to you, Amazing to Others & Ballet Rotoscope)
    • Balanced (includes Mobile & Nugget)
    • Thinker (includes Nature by Numbers & reDesign Skills)
  • Action (includes What Matters to You/Me? & PSA from Patrick Larkin)
  • Skills
    • Communication (includes How Miscommunication Happens & Click Clack Moo)
    • Social (includes Family Rescues Whale Tangled in Net)
    • Thinking (includes Nature by Numbers & reDesign Skills)
    • Research (includes Urban Nature Hunting tips & OK Go Sandbox lessons)
    • Self-Management (includes 3 Ways to Start & Why Incompetent People Think They’re Amazing)
  • Knowledge 

Sustainable Development Goals

For a list of just the picture books from the SDG’s posts below, click here.

Learner Identities

For a list of just the picture books from the learner identities & other subjects below, click here.


Language & Literacy


Digital Citizenship

Global Citizenship

Creativity & Inspiration

Social/Emotional Skills & Sense of Self