Curiosity Conversations Across Grade Levels

Curiosity conversations are designed to allow upper school (9-12) students to sit and talk with younger students (1-5).

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This idea centers around the idea that younger kids admire older students and older students are willing to help younger students.  Set up times that allow the two groups to meet and talk.  Teacher should establish conversation norms and assist with a set of conversation starters.  Short term the activity will great bonds between the two groups.  More long term goals the teachers are able to create methods to help each group teach each other.  

How does this idea help to spark student curiosity?

This will spark curiosity because the older students will be reminded of what it was like to think as a kid and spark curiosity. For the younger students it gives them someone to answer all their WHY questions.

What grade level is this idea most appropriate for?

  • All of the above


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James, I love this idea. A couple of things to share. I used to frequently have my junior English classes work with a 3rd or 4th grade class at an elementary school that was close in proximity. We would do reader's theatre and writer's workshops together. My students looked forward to meeting with our buddies every month. We even had a parent evening where we invited elementary and high school parents to listen to pieces the students had written together. It was wonderful.

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What topics or books did you discuss? Any pitfalls to consider?

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The elementary teacher would give me a list of books and when they were going to read them. Together, we would come up with an activity that the kids could work on together, then write about. Friendship, community, resources, scarcity, working together, goal setting...
We looked at the goals they had, compared them to the ones I had, and developed from there.

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