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Kindergarten & Grade 1 Teachers:
The Global Winter Inquiry is Underway!

Join this FREE 6-week online program with structured activities around a different focus each week. The program has begun, but it's not too late to join!

Kindergarten and Grade One students are invited to to participate in a Global Seasonal Inquiry organized by NESA presenter and thought partner, Garfield Gini-Newman, Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) at the University of Toronto.

Over the past year, he and his colleagues have run a Global Spring and a Global Fall inquiry with children participating from Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and North America. This is their first Global Inquiry with kindergarten children.

There is no cost involved for participating schools. The six-week Global Inquiry began January 31 with an Intro Week (Jan 31 - Feb 6) -- no Zoom meeting was scheduled. The program uses Google slides as a place for classes to share images, videos, etc. LINKS TO THE SCHEDULE, SLIDE DECKS AND ZOOM MEETING RECORDINGS TO DATE ARE BELOW.

The focus for schools in the northern hemisphere will be on Winter and for schools in the southern hemisphere the focus will be on Summer. This is an opportunity for children to engage with other children around the world, provide teachers with materials and support to give them a break, and allows for a rich collaborative inquiry that encourages critical thinking at an age-appropriate level.

As the focus is on our youngest learners, this inquiry will be very structured with an introductory set of activities for week one, then four weeks with a specific focus each week (see below), and a wrap up week.

Each of the four focus weeks will be supported by a Zoom call through which children will connect with guests from around the word and with each other. The four focus weeks are:

Week Two: Sights of the Season

  • Students engage with pictures that show what the season is like in various parts of the world
  • Using literacy strategies such as Picture Word Inductive Model, students will build their vocabulary while learning about how similar or different the season is in various parts of the world.
  • The use of the literacy strategies will be modelled during the Zoom call.

Week Three: Stories of the Season

  • Students will explore how to share stories in engaging ways using voice, props, and costumes.
  • Students will learn about seasons around the world through the sharing of stories.
  • Guests will model effective story telling during the Zoom call.

Week Four: Tastes of the Season

  • Students will engage in procedural writing as they share favorite seasonal recipes.
  • Guests from various parts of the world will model the sharing of favorite seasonal recipes and the cultural importance of the food during the Zoom call. The guests will share indigenous foods and recipes that children can try with their class or families.

Week Five: Sounds of the Season

  • Students will share sounds of the season by recording a variety of sounds and posting a collection of pictures. Other children will be invited to match the sounds to the images.
  • Students will also be invited to share favorite songs about the season.
  • During the Zoom call guests from various parts of the world will share songs and sounds, modelling the picture/sounds matching activity.

We hope you and your students are interested in getting involved in the Global Seasonal Inquiry. So far, teachers and students have joined from China, Korea, India, Poland, Peru. Abu Dhabi-UAE, and Canada: Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta. 

Interested schools and/or teachers should contact Garfield Gini-Newman with teacher names, school, location and email addresses:



On the "Week One - Introductions" slide deck, please add one or more introductory slides to let others know a little about your class (where you are located, favorite activities at this time of year etc). Presentations by our guests will be recorded. Please let Garfield know if recording the Zoom calls is a problem and encourage your students to turn cameras off during the recording if necessary.


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