Heritage First-Graders' Curiosity Fuels Learning

Heritage First-Graders' Curiosity Fuels Learning
Posted on 05/02/2019
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photo of Tom Hayden with first gradersStudents in Kristin Sellers and Eunice Vogelsang’s first grade classes had a lot of questions when it came to the history of their school.

Why did they put Heritage in this exact location?
When do they build a new school?
Why is our building shaped the way it is?
Why is it named Heritage?

So the Heritage ECS teachers brought in some experts to help students get their answers. The students formulated and organized their questions, and then interviewed Lori Vanover (an original Heritage teacher), Chris Passarge (Lakota’s Chief Operating Officer), and former superintendent Dr. Tom Hayden.

The students learned that the process to build a school is a long one. They found out that “Heritage” is a patriotic name and that a Native American blessed the school when it opened. Now the students are using the information they gathered to create a brochure to share with the Heritage community.

“Our brochure is important because we are going to teach people lots of information about Heritage,” said first-grader Rose.

The students looked at different brochures and decided what features to include, and they voted to do the project on the touchscreen laptops. “I’m excited to add photographs to my brochure, using the camera on the computer,” said Jeremiah.

The teachers are piloting this Heritage history project for next school year; it employs an inquiry-based learning approach that engages students by triggering curiosity. First and fifth grade teachers are piloting the Inquired Program throughout the social studies curriculum.

The first-graders are excited about their history project, and are working together to create the brochure that will be made available in the school’s office to teach people about Heritage.  

Heritage first-grader Annie summed it up, “It’s going to be hard work to make the brochure, but it’s going to be worth it!”.