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How To Teach The Inquiry Method In Five Easy Steps

Looking for an easy five step method for teaching the inquiry process to your students? Use the FREE step-by-step posters with your students to support them with the inquiry process.

What is Inquiry?

To me, inquiry means to ask questions and find answers.

Why Teach the Inquiry Process?

If kids can ask questions and know how to discover answers, they will be more successful in school.

And later in life.

Begin today by getting students to brainstorm inquiry questions that they want to research.

Inquiry Posters

Use the FREE inquiry posters to help your students with their inquiry based learning projects. Target questions are included for each step of the inquiry process.

The Inquiry Posters are a part of the Touch of Honey FREEBIE Library.

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Inquiry Process Steps

Step 1: Pose Your Question

The first step in the inquiry process is to pose your question. This can be difficult for students. To support this process, I recommend showing students some inquiry question examples. 

Step Two: Conduct Research

The next step in the inquiry process is to conduct research and find the answer to your inquiry question. Students can look in books, in magazines and on the internet for information.

A great online site for kids to use is Wonderopolis. Students can type in their question or topic and see what other students have wondered about. This is also a useful site for students to explore to find possible inquiry questions.


Step Three: Interpret the Information

After gathering all the information, it is time to pick out the important facts that answer the inquiry question. Students can write up their findings. 

Step Four: Share Information

There are many different ways that students can share the information they find. They can write it up in question and answer form, create a poster, compose a song, or orally present the information to students.


Step Five: Assess Learning

An optional step to the inquiry process is to assess student learning. Students can think about what they did well, what they struggled with, and what they would do differently if they researched and created another inquiry project.


The materials shown in this blogpost are from the Animal Inquiry package that can be found in at TeachersPayTeachers.

Get Ready-Made Inquiry Projects To Save Time And Get Your Students Started With Inquiry Today

Ready-to-use Inquiry projects are available on TeachersPayTeachers. Projects are available on the following topics:

The following materials are included in each inquiry project:

  • 9 Sample Inquiry Questions and Blank Templates
  • Research Templates (with primary and regular lines)
  • Class Book Templates (with primary and regular lines)
  • Inquiry Is ... and I Wonder ... Posters
  • Steps to Writing An Inquiry Posters
  • Presentation Ideas Poster
  • Self, Peer, and Teacher Assessments (with happy faces and 4 point scale)
  • 2 Rubrics

Interested in a number of inquiry projects? All the above projects are a part of the Inquiry Based Learning Projects BUNDLE.

The inquiry projects listed in this blogpost are all a part of the Writing Teacher's Roadmap Club. Do not purchase if you are a part of the club.

Happy writing!

Until next time,



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