Learning through Inquiry with Saving Sam

In a scenario titled Saving Sam, students worked individually and with partners to develop strategies and solutions to a problem. In this case, Sam (the candy worm) was drowning and his only chance of survival involved placing a life preserver (Life Saver) over his body with nothing but two paper clips. Working individually, two students developed answers. Working with partners, 16 students were able to save Sam. Apart from learning through inquiry, there was likely another lesson buried in there.

Thank you Jolene Hamilton, 5th grade teacher at Verdi Elementary, for first sharing this lesson with me.

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