Nine Thousand Straws
Teaching Thinking Through Open-Inquiry Learning
by Jean Sausele Knodt
July 2008, 340pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59158-640-1
$50, £39, 44€, A69
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Based on nine years of design, research, and open-inquiry lab teaching experience with over 600 children annually, this resource contributes practical methods that make this instructional approach effective and purposeful.

Based on nine years of design, research, and open-inquiry lab teaching experience with over 600 children annually, Nine Thousand Straws presents an inquiry instructional approach that engages the inquisitive energy children naturally bring to the learning table. It offers practical methods and concrete guidance that will enable you to open, employ, and guide this energy towards developing productive and globally applicable thinking skills and dispositions.


Along with a full review of objectives and foundational theories, the book presents thirty-three hands-on projects, and thirty-three Focus Theme discussions. The Appendix presents sixty-six additional inquiry project possibilities. It also guides various application formats, from individual teachers developing lab time in their own classrooms to specialists establishing centralized labs in their schools, children's hospitals, or community centers


"What a wonderful groundwork these children will take into middle school, high school, and beyond. It is of such methods taught in elementary schools that true scholars are made. Every principal will find here actual hands-on material that can be translated to his/her school. This study shows us, step-by-step, ways to employ the boundless energy that children bring to our classrooms as well as known strategies to make them successful."—Catholic Library World, April 1, 2009

"Bottom line: Amazing ideas, creative strategies, and practical tips make this book a candidate for the best professional book list of the year. Get it; read it; try its ideas."—Teacher Librarian, June 1, 2009

"The book would be useful for classroom teachers who wish to create centers."—Library Media Connection, September 1, 2009
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