The simplest answer is that I begin with our school-wide Inquiry Topic focus for the upcoming term. For example, when looking at Technology our team decided to incorporate Matariki and look at some of the ways Māori used technology with a primary focus on finding the best way to make a kite.
So, to start off I began searching through Journal Surf to see if I was able to find School Journal articles that related to our topic. From there I decided that I needed to break the term up into a few smaller related topics. As a class, my reading groups spent the first four weeks of the term reading and discussing Māori mythology. We then moved into three weeks of technology with a specific focus on stories that introduced Māori kites in various forms, and we ended the term learning about Matariki.