Curiosity - Intermediate High

Positive Psychology Learning Outcomes: Students will learn what curiosity is and share topics they are curious about, and they will understand that people are curious about different subjects and respect those differences. Language Learning Outcomes: Students will connect content to background knowledge, identify a speaker’s point of view and understand main ideas, and talk about topics familiar to them and ask questions about topics they may not be familiar with.

Lesson Information

Positive Psychology Learning Outcomes

Students will...

  1. learn what curiosity is and share topics they are curious about.
  2. understand that people are curious about different subjects and respect those differences.

Language Learning Outcomes

Students will...

  1. connect content to background knowledge.
  2. identify a speaker’s point of view and understand main ideas.
  3. talk about topics familiar to them and ask questions about topics they may not be familiar with.

Materials Needed

Overview

Explain to the students that they will be able to understand what curiosity is as well as what they are curious about. The goal is for them to also understand and respect that different people are curious about different things.

Activate Background Knowledge

"Curiosity is defined as taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating."

Retrieved from: https://edtechbooks.org/-thMs  

Activity 1: Listening/Speaking

Explain that people shouldn’t ask if they are curious, but rather what they are curious about. 

Activity 2: Listening/Speaking

Explain that sometimes you become curious about something as you pay more attention to it. There are also two different types of curiosity: passive and active.

Activity 3: Speaking/Listening 

Have students get in groups of 2-4 for a role playing activity where students will learn the difference between uninterest, curiosity, and nosiness. 

Activity 4: Speaking/Listening

Watch the following video from this website: Curiosity | National Geographic Society

An explorer is “A person who travels in search of geographical or scientific information”.                

Homework

Have students find a partner to do the two parts of the homework with. This can be a classmate, family member, or friend. 

  1. Try an activity a partner is curious about.
  2. Introduce a partner to do something you are curious about.

We will follow up in class on Thursday.

Follow-Up

Tuesday:

Share the following quotes:

“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.”

- Albert Einstein

“Curiosity is the engine of achievement”
- Ken Robinson

Wednesday:

Share the following quote:

“Be curious, not judgemental”
- Walt Whitman

Thursday:
Follow up with original homework. Have the students share with a partner (not the same partner they did the homework with) the activity that they tried and what they thought about it, as well as the activity they introduced to someone else and how it felt to share something they are curious about.