AOBA-JAPAN BILINGUAL PRESCHOOL

INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING
Inquiry-Based Learning Cases
CASE01

Topic

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フンガ・トンガ噴火の様子

January 2022 Hunga Tonga Eruption

The day after the eruption, students talked about it in class and watched a video of the eruption, which sparked their interest in how volcanoes work, and so the inquiry began.

INQUIRY-BASED
APPROACH
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME

Tuning In

2
クレヨンで絵を描く子どもたち

Students played with blocks, origami, and other materials to create volcanoes. As they researched further, they found an experiment using mentos and cola, and began to say, "I want to try it!".

INQUIRY-BASED
APPROACH
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME

Taking Action

3
リストを作成する子どもたち

Students researched what they needed for the experiment and made a list. They gathered what was available in school, then made a shopping list of what was missing, and went to buy them at a local store.

INQUIRY-BASED
APPROACH
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME
4
材料を混ぜる子どもたち

Students observed what kind of reactions occur when mixing familiar ingredients such as cola, mentos, baking soda, vinegar, and oil.

INQUIRY-BASED
APPROACH
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME
5
調合する子どもたち

Students discovered something new. They noticed that mixing cola with mentos, baking soda and vinegar makes the most bubbles.

INQUIRY-BASED
APPROACH
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME
6
図鑑をみる子どもたち

Students worked together with their friends to figure out how to make a mountain shape through illustrated books and videos.

INQUIRY-BASED
APPROACH
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME
7
フンガ・トンガ火山の模型を作成する様子

Each group shared how they were doing and praised each other for their good points.

INQUIRY-BASED
APPROACH
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME

Result / Reflection

8
失敗を悔しがる子どもたち

Failure

The bubbles did not come out as expected. Some students were almost in tears, but they reflected on why it didn't work out.

INQUIRY-BASED
APPROACH
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME

Trying Again

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成功するメントスコーラ

Trying Again

This time, they tried not transferring cola into a different container, increased the amount of mentos, and changed the size of the bottle to a larger one. As a result, more bubbles came out than last time.

Through this experience, students realized that even if they fail, they can try to think of a better way, to not give up and to try until they were satisfied. Also, that if they wanted to do something, they could prepare, plan, and actually try it by themselves.

INQUIRY-BASED
APPROACH
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME
10
片付けをする子どもたち

Since then, many of them began to gather materials and start experiments on their own.
In addition, after they did something on their own decision, they naturally developed the habit of taking responsibility for cleaning up after themselves, no matter how hard it was.

INQUIRY-BASED
APPROACH
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME