Elementary Science

Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School

Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:01 PM

I am currently taking a Science Methods course in my graduate level classes in which we have had a heavy focus on inquiry-based learning. I was wondering how beneficial and or effective inquiry-based learning can be at the younger elementary school grades (K-2)? What are some ideas for incorporating this type of learning in these specific grades?

Kevin Wahl
Kevin Wahl
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Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:43 AM

Hi Kevin!

I am currently taking a undergraduate course called "Methods of Teaching Science" and we also have a major focus on inquiry-based learning. Personally, I believe that inquiry-based learning is great for students because it gives them a chance to think for themselves instead of merely being told an answer. Furthermore, science is an ongoing investigation of the natural world so even professional scientists are in a continual process of reviewing and asking questions. One way to incorporate this type of learning is to follow the 5E model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) which easily aligns with Next Generation Science Standards. I suggest becoming familiar with both of these, if you are not already! I cannot think of any cons of introducing inquiry-based learning to lower elementary grades.

Journal Article that addresses your question: https://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10...._055_01_18 

I hope some of this is useful to you! 

Brooke Tatz
Brooke Tatz
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