Inquiry-Based Learning: A thorough, guided system to help teach your students how to inquire, tune in, find out, reflect and present their findings. FOR ANY TOPIC.
What Is Inquiry-Based Learning?
Inquiry-Based teaching is a response to our current ‘knowledge based’ society and allows for effective and engaging teaching. Inquiry-Based Learning not about finding facts. Rather, it is about researching and answering questions or solving issues. It is a method of learning where students explore their curiosity in the world, ask questions and move through the
inquiry cycle to solve them. Students choose their own question or topic that they work on for an extended period of time in an engaging, creative, and experimental manner and respond to the question through researching and creating a project that usually is choice based. Inquiry-based learning is ‘hands-on’, ‘minds-on’ and ‘research-based’ learning.
How To Use:
-In this product you will see Lesson Plans and Student Worksheets alternate as you scroll through the PDF. The lesson plans will act as guidelines for you on how to implement the student worksheet and will present you with materials needed and insight into the student’s assignment. Note, for inquiry you will need to allow your students access to a variety of information and technologies (internet) to allow them to do their personal investigations.
-Photocopy any necessary student handouts such as step-by-steps or rubrics.
Lesson Plans and Student Worksheets:
-Lesson plans come before student worksheets and describe materials needed, will give you insight into the student’s assignment and will give you direction on how you can implement. Remember, as the teacher you can choose to change and alter the inquiry at anytime.
-Student worksheets come after each lesson plan and are the assignments your students will work on. Theses try to include a variety of subject areas to allow for interdisciplinary and meaningful learning. Please photocopy them prior to implementing your lesson and ensure you have resources needed for each lesson. You may want to have a duo tang/binder or folder for each student’s inquiry-based learning to keep all ideas organized and in one place.
Interactive Notebook Option:
Worksheets can be hole-punched and put in binders OR can be cut out and glued in a notebook for an interactive notebook.
-Inquiry is meant to allow your students to be creative, problems solvers, and critical thinkers. Remember to allow them lots of choice so they can learn by finding the answers themselves, and learn through trial and error!
This Product Includes: 55 pages
-About Ms Artastic and Why She Designed This Product
-What is Inquiry-Based Learning
-How To Use this Product
-Topics My Students Are Researching (for you to keep track of what your students are inquiring)
LESSON PLANS AND STUDENT HANDOUTS:
-Lesson Plan: Explaining Inquiry
-What is Inquiry-Based Learning? (student handout version)
-The Inquiry Cycle
-Brainstorm Ideas for your Inquiry Topic or Question
-Lesson Plan: Picking a Topic
-My Inquiry Topic/Question Poster for Bulletin Board Display
-Lesson Plan: Tuning In
-Inquiry Title Page
-Tuning In: Reflecting on what you already know on your topic
-Lesson Plan: Questions and Wonders
-Questions and Wonders I have…
-Lesson Plan: The First Search
-The First Search (first exploration on topic, you teach them how to look for information/record data)
-Lesson Plan: The Second Search
-The Second Search (students find more facts and begin to develop wonders on their topic)
-Lesson Plan: First Findings
-Journal Entry: First Findings (students write about what they’ve found so far in the beginning stages, you set your expectations for journal writing)
-Draw It: First Findings (show understanding in different ways)
-Lesson Plan: Bibliography
-Lesson Plan: Reporting Out
-Lesson Plan: Finding Out Pages (your students will now be on their own! The following pages will help them keep track of data, work through ideas, and record their progress)
-Journal Entry (style one with choice responses to prompts on side bar)
-Journal Entry (style two with an all lined page)
-Journal Entry (style three with box to draw and lines to write on)
-Reference Images (a place to keep images they find that will help them with research and design of project)
-Data Collection (graphic organizer to sort out what they wonder, where they will search, information they find and what they need to investigate further).
-Story Strip (sometimes images in a sequence of events can help explain or solve a problem or use to plan for their project. Example: use to show steps for choreography, comic book design, or science experiment)
-Brainstorm (Use a brainstorm to place yourself in your current location of thinking and generate multiple possible courses you can take. Pick the best one!)
-Lesson Plan: Sorting Out
-Sorting Out (do you have all the information you need for your topic/have you answered your question?)
-Lesson Plan: Going Further
-Going Further (students begin to think about their end project and if they need any further information to help them with creating their presentation)
-Lesson Plan: Reflecting (Informational write on topic/question)
-Brainstorm (gathering ideas for information write)
-Planning Sheet (planning paragraphs)
-Good Copy Paper
-Lesson Plan: Reflection, End Project (students will show their understanding of their topic through creating a presentation/project of their choice)
-Reflection, The End Project (handout describing task)
-Reflection, Draw Your End Project (work out the problems and design before you create!)
-The Presentation: Materials Needed (pre-think about what you will need/where to find)
-The End Project: Rubric
-The End Project: Presentation Grading Sheets (3 to a sheet to cut and mark, matches rubric)
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