Student-Directed Open Inquiry: Water Pollution Bundle

Student-Directed Open Inquiry: Water Pollution Bundle
Student-Directed Open Inquiry: Water Pollution Bundle
Student-Directed Open Inquiry: Water Pollution Bundle
Student-Directed Open Inquiry: Water Pollution Bundle
Student-Directed Open Inquiry: Water Pollution Bundle
Student-Directed Open Inquiry: Water Pollution Bundle
Student-Directed Open Inquiry: Water Pollution Bundle
Student-Directed Open Inquiry: Water Pollution Bundle
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  1. Activity: Students will investigate water pollutants and their sources through student-led experimentation. They will use the principles of student-directed open inquiry. Students will make observations about pollutants by analyzing available freshwater samples and drawing on prior knowledge and exp
  2. Activity: Students will investigate the impact water pollutants have on aquatic life and ecosystems through student-led experimentation. They will use the principles of student-directed open inquiry. Students will make observations about the impacts that various water pollutants have on aquatic life
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  1. Student-directed learning allows for students to direct the learning experience through a series of choices. Included in this product are problem-based learning, project-based learning, service learning, and scientific open inquiry activities. This resource covers an entire water pollution unit usin
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Activity: Students will investigate 1) sources of water pollution, and 2) the impacts of water pollution on aquatic life through two separate open inquiry experimentation activities. Students will make observations about pollutants by analyzing lab materials and drawing on prior knowledge and experiences. They will develop their own questions about sources of water pollution and the impacts of pollutants on aquatic life. Students will design their own experiments to test their questions, analyze their results, and draw conclusions based on results and additional research. Students will direct the inquiry experience and you will facilitate.

Age group: Open inquiry in theory is appropriate for all ages because it is personalized. Students ask their own questions and design their own investigations. The guiding materials included in these two activities, however, are geared more toward high school students as far as language and format is concerned. Having some experience with inquiry-based learning and experimental design is helpful but not mandatory. You are there to help guide them through this activity, as are the guiding materials included in this resource. You can use this resource to teach students about inquiry-based learning and how to design an experiment if you are up for that. This activity is also great for seasoned inquiry-based learners. In other words, there is no specific grade level for this resource. Consider the population you are working with and your own teaching objectives.

Materials and prep: To prepare for these activities you will need to gather materials and set up the lab. The first activity on pollutants and their sources requires the collection of water samples and water quality testing kids. You could modify the activity by asking students to collect water samples to test based on their question. The second activity on the impacts pollutants have on aquatic life will require a variety of pollutants such as detergents and pesticides (a list of ideas is provided in the product), and any aquatic organism to test those pollutants on. Elodea is a great option as it is cheap, accessible, and is low maintenance.

For more tips on how to implement student-directed open inquiry activities, including helpful scaffolding questions, visit Experiential Learning Depot Blog.

This product includes:

  1. Teacher guide
  2. Brainstorming activity
  3. Investigation planner guide/organizer
  4. Reflection guide

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