Activity 2: Posing questions to frame an inquiry

Introduce the Multiple Intelligence/Bloom's Grid (MI/B Grid)

See: MI/B grid student tasks (PDF, 102 KB)
MI/B grid teacher planner (PDF, 107 KB)

  • Explain the purpose of an MI/B Grid as a framework for different ways of knowing and understanding the world (MI) and different ways of thinking (Bloom's Taxonomy)
  • To demonstrate the diversity that may exist within the classroom and for students to identify their own learning styles, a suggested online Multiple Intelligence test is Birmingham Grid for Learning: Multiple Intelligences
  • Discuss the colour-coding on the MI/B grid student tasks (PDF, 102 KB), the scope and variety of tasks and how learning styles and interests will influence choices for some of the group and individual tasks.
  • Identify the tasks already completed in Activity 1 on the MI/B Grid. (Knowing/Understanding/Applying)

Review the class and group tasks from the MI/B Grid to organise the main ideas of this inquiry. Spend some time in assisting students to choose tasks and develop inquiry questions:

A cartoon showing Henry Parkes unveiling a map of a federated Australia Federated Australia, 1900
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  • Brainstorm in groups using a graphic organiser, such as a concept/mind map, to organise student thinking. See the Main ideas template (PDF, 172 KB)
    Pose questions for each of the main ideas. Also see Main ideas (sample questions) (PDF, 290 KB)
  • Use a range of primary sources such as photographs, paintings and maps from the historical sources list in the Year 6 program: Federation (PDF, 276 KB) to prompt questions.
  • Use a questioning framework/matrix such Charles Wiederhold's Question Matrix  to promote high-order thinking in the development of questions.