Are you looking for ideas to use in your plants unit? Do you want to start teaching basic research skills to your students? Use plant inquiry as part of your Science unit.
Students can learn basic research skills as they search for answers to their inquiry questions about plants.
If you are following the Writing Teacher's Roadmap Get Started Guide, plant inquiry is perfect for Action C - Writing in the Content Areas. The goal of Action C is to integrate writing into the different content areas. Plant inquiry is the perfect addition to a unit on plants in Science.
Inquiry is asking questions and finding answers.
Inquiry based learning is when students research inquiry questions to learn about an area of interest or a unit of study.
Inquiry based learning is important because it teaches kids how to do basic research and prepares them for more in-depth report writing and research projects in the future.
Students can research plant inquiry project questions during a Science unit on plants.
Possible inquiry questions about plants are:
There are five simple steps students can follow to complete an inquiry research project.
Step One: Pose a Question - Students think about what they want to know about plants. They come up with a question they would like to research.
Step Three: Interpret Research - Students study what they have learned when researching their questions. They decide what information they want to use to answer their inquiry question.
Step Four: Share Learning - There are many different ways for students to share their learning with the rest of the class. Students can choose the type of presentation that best matches their learning style.
Step Five: Assess Inquiry Process - A final optional step to using inquiry is to assess the inquiry process. Provide assessments and rubrics to encourage self, peer, and teacher assessment.
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