Looking for an easy five step method for teaching the inquiry process to your students? Use these simple steps to support your students with their inquiry projects.
If you are following the Writing Teacher's Roadmap Get Started Guide, the inquiry method supports Action C - Writing in the Content Areas. The goal of Action C is to integrate writing into the different content areas. The simple five step process supports students when they use inquiry in Science, Social Studies, Math, Health, and Arts Ed.
Inquiry is asking questions and finding answers.
If kids can ask questions and know how to discover answers, they will be more successful in school.
And later in life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can easily begin teaching inquiry to your students today. Simply brainstorm a list of inquiry questions and have students start researching to find the answers. Have students that need extra support? Use differentiation to help them be successful.
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Each inquiry project includes:
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.
Until next time,
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