Inquiry projects are the way to go if you want your students to
• be increasingly engaged
• ask rich questions
• build research skills and
• develop presentation skills.
The bonus side effects of incorporating inquiry projects into your classroom include
• covering more curriculum expectations in less time
• giving you time to conference with students while they work
• learning about your students interests and
• impressing administrators
This is a 10-page, 100% editable document
that I use for all of my inquiry projects in my classes. It serves as a resource for students that they can re-use in other subjects and as a research organizer. You can use this inquiry project package for any subject and it is applicable to the intermediate and secondary grade levels. Use it for end of the year projects, or during each of your units.
This resource includes:
• the inquiry process
• how to pose a rich question
• room for curriculum expectations to be listed
• room for brainstorming of questions
• a Q-chart for developing rich questions
• tips for choosing credible websites as sources
• tips for avoiding plagiarism
• tips on how to cite a website
• how to interpret information from sources
• how to report findings
• ideas for visual, written and interactive presentation methods
• 3 pages for students to summarize their research
• success criteria
• an assessment rubric
• an editable Google Form for you to quickly mark these projects
• instructions on how to use the docAppender app to present the Google Form Rubric nicely to your students
• PDF and 100% editable .docx formats – customize for your class!
Take a look at the preview
for a closer look!
Still have some questions?
How would I present this to my students?
I usually tell my students that we will be working on research a presentation skills through our curriculum. And instead of me picking their topics for them, they get to choose whatever they would like to research provided it relates to one of a few curriculum expectations for that unit. Then I tell them how much better students tend to perform when they choose their own rich questions to research.
We then brainstorm ideas for questions through discussion, looking at images and videos related to the curriculum expectations.
How will students present this to me?
However you’d like! My favorite way is through a gallery walk: half of the class is presenting while the other half is the audience. Each student gets several opportunities to present and build up their confidence as the teacher assesses. Half way through the class period the students switch roles and the audience becomes the presenters. Lots of ideas are provided in this package on how the students can present, including slide show, poster, video, interpretive dance ;)
How long do these projects take?
It’s really up to you! In my classes, I generally take a full period the first time we use this inquiry project package to brainstorm and go through the different tips for asking rich questions, using the Q-chart, researching, avoiding plagiarism, and reporting findings. When we re-use this package, I usually spend half a period for brainstorming discussions.
I may give the students a day or two to share with me their potential inquiry questions and have them approved before we spend a class period researching and summarizing findings in the research organizers.
Depending on the class and grade level I may give them additional time in class for research, or have them research over a week or two at home. I spend one day on presentations.
I don’t teach Science, can I still use this?
You bet! Since the document is 100% editable, you can make any changes you’d like. For example, if you’re an English or Social Studies teacher and prefer MLA to APA formatting, you can easily change that in the document.
But this will take forever to mark?!
Nope! I have saved literally hundreds of hours of marking by using a Google Form and the docAppender add-on to make marking these projects a breeze!
I’ve included a link to an editable Google Form you can use, as well as instructions on how to use the docAppender add-on in Google Forms to expedite your marking.
If this is new to you, check out my
blog post on the how Google Forms Saved My Sanity.
I’ve also included the success criteria and assessment rubric if you want to mark this old-school.
Well, go on, click ADD TO CART
already! You will save tons of time with the Inquiry Project Package!
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