3 Ways to Spark Student Curiosity Throughout the Year (Includes FREE Resources)
Curiosity is essential to student engagement and learning. Students who ask questions take ownership of their education and learn how to problem solve.
Unfortunately, as students get older, they tend to ask fewer and fewer questions. It is important to not only encourage students to ask questions, but also to validate their questions.
The following are three strategies to increase student curiosity and engagement. Choose the strategy or strategies that will work best for your students and get started today by downloading the freebies HERE!
1.) The Curiosity Jar
The curiosity jar was created out of necessity for my third grade classroom. My students were asking great questions, and I didn’t always have the time or the answers to their questions.
In an effort to validate the great questions my students were asking, I set up a jar where they could store their questions until they could be answered. At a designated time of the week, I went through and researched the answers and shared my findings with the class.
My students were also eager to help me find the answers which further fueled their curiosity!
2.) Wonder Wall
A wonder wall is a bulletin board display for students to post their questions. The questions can be general questions or they can be specific to a current unit of study. Think of a wonder wall like the W section of a KWL chart. Students should be posting about what they want to learn.
At the end of the unit students can answer their own questions. Another option is to have a designated time during the week or month for students to choose a question to research, like a mini genius hour project.
Wonder walls are great interactive displays for classrooms and makerspaces to encourage asking questions!
3.) Curiosity Journal
The curiosity journal was an idea that came from a teacher in our Facebook Group, Elementary STEM Teachers Club. Each student can have their own curiosity journal to record their questions and then go back and research the answers when they have time. Once a week or month have students share one interesting thing that they learned about.
Another option is to have a whole class curiosity journal. This is a good option if you teach multiple classes. Younger students can record their questions in the journal and older students can research the answers.
Get started encouraging curiosity in your classroom today! Download the wonder wall letters, curiosity jar, and curiosity journal templates HERE!