The Mysterious Present

Even history can be the basis for the inquiry process. First, several images of a bowls and vessels used in Japanese tea ceremonies are examined. Then, the class crafts questions about the origin, purpose, and use of the items. They use their questions to research the bowls and to construct timelines indicating in what time period each bowl was used and for what specific purpose.

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Pros

  • Images of each bowl and relevant historical information is provided
  • Additional links to several other examples are also included
Cons

  • The lesson does not include writing as a way to synthesize data, it would be a good idea to add it in as an extension activity