Random Wall of Questions

Quite often in our class the kids will ask me questions.  Especially questions I have no idea of the answer.  And I think that is great.

But what used to happen is I would say the standard response of, “Mmmm.  I am not sure.  Interesting.  Maybe we could investigate this.”  And of course never find time to come back to it.

So a few weeks ago we started to wonder what happens to all those random questions.  Do they get answered?  Or do they just stay floating around?  Did we think we would be better people if we were more dedicated to answering our random questions?

Random? I hear you say.  Things like;

  • Where does the word Pyjamas come from?
  • Why do leaves fall off trees?
  • Is water alive?

So we decided it was time to start respecting these questions some more.

ENTER RANDOM WALL OF QUESTIONS

So how does it work?

  1. Students think of random question and writes it in a cloud on the wall.
  2. Students and teachers walk past the wall and ponder the question.
  3. The wrench is added to the wall to suggest ways we could find out the answer to the question.
  4. When an answer is found it is written on a brick to be added to our wall.

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What are some of the questions the kids have come up with?

  1. How much wind speed would it take to fell a tree?
  2. Why do watermelon have two different coloured seeds?
  3. How do I sleep?
  4. What would it be like if there was an extra letter in the alphabet?
  5. What does the ‘san’ mean at the end of a person’s name in Japanese

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So now we are looking forward to answering some of the puzzling questions.