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Of course, I've used Inductive Learning in various lessons before, but not quite to the extant outlined here. I like the added step of labeling the categories and then gathering evidence from the unit to support or refute their predictions.
First up, I walked my class through a sample sorting activity using terms I knew would be familiar to all of them - names of staff at the school, subjects, areas within the school, and activities.
Students worked with a partner to sort the words and phrases into categories and then gave each grouping a label. This part of the lesson really helped me understand what students already knew and what areas were confusing to them. For example, these students grouped "Dutch" and "English" in with religions such as "Lutheran" and "Puritan".
Lots of learning to do for sure!(Here is the Excel file for the Colonial America terms if you could use them with your class. I made my selections mostly based on what was covered in the Nystrom Atlas we use, so you may wish to make some adjustments to fit your needs.)
So what teaching strategies do you recommend I delve into next??