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Discovery of old penny sparks inquiry-based learning

The discovery of a Canadian one-cent coin dating back to 1915 by a Kindergarten student at Donald Young School launched an inquiry-based learning session in Kim Bolen and Laurel Armstrong’s classroom recently. Paige Seguin found the coin while digging outside on the playground at recess. Once they had cleaned it and learned what it was, the students were very curious and had many questions. That is when Ms. Bolen and Mrs. Armstrong decided to leave their planned classroom lesson on plants and follow the students’ interest in the coin.