Inquiry Made Easyby: Wendy Pierce

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While working with classroom teachers, the author developed a “doable” format for inquiry. This format emphasizes using a question wheel as a tool to help students identify independent and dependent variables that drive the underlying structure in inquiry. The format is not entirely open ended, but it allows students to ask questions driven by their own curiosity, make predictions, develop procedures, participate in experiments, collect data, and make conclusions based on evidence. This format worked particularly well in first- through fifth-grade classrooms; with a few adjustments.

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  • on Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:14 PM

Developing an inquiry-based science classroom can be a large but very important task. It can seem very daunting at first, but this resource lays out the steps in a very applicable way. It provides clear steps on how to implement inquiry in the classroom over a six day period. This is a great resource for teachers who are wanting to implement inquiry into the classroom!

Lizzie Walsh
Lizzie Walsh

  • on Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:47 AM

The author has developed a process that can be used to help students to understand how to develop testable questions. She also presents sample worksheets that can be used to help students to learn how to write steps for developing their experiments in their journals. This would be a great way to start using inquiry and journaling in the classroom for elementary, and middle level teachers who work with students with limited experience with inquiry, to help them to develop the background to do more student-generated inquiries.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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