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Benefits of Inquiry  Contributes to a

Inquiry Approach
Approach child’s social
development.
The benefits to inquiry  Not only does it
approach are plentiful. foster collaboration,
 Allows students to but also helps
receive accurate and develop language and
feedback. literacy capacity.
 Continues to allow
students the
opportunity to make
first hand decisions.
Inquiry approach is a form  Students learn to use
of active learning that their concepts to
starts by posing questions, develop other science
concepts.
problems, or scenarios;
 Learns to communicate
rather than simply
their thoughts and
presenting established facts
ideas.
or portraying of a smooth
path to knowledge.
 Start with a large  Have students pose
Characteristics of
circle where students questions about what
Inquiry Approach must face one another. they would like to
explore.
 Pose a question or  Wondering questions
begin a discussion may be posted on a
about a topic. wonder wall display
board. Students can
 Have students then use these
respond to what they questions to categorize
already know about a them and then answer
topic. them.
A positive classroom  Encourage students
would be the best  Give students a to brainstorm ways
atmosphere for good notebook or small they could explore
inquiry approach learning. journal for entering their topic.
Explore, Activate and Build things they would
from prior knowledge. like to record.  Give positive feedback.
Encourage students to
do the same. discuss students’
findings.
 Try not to answer  Hold an inquiry
questions directly. showcase where
Guide students to students present their
answer their own findings. This may be
questions. done individually or
with a peer or peers. Susan Skime
 Think of ways Inquiry questions Patty Fellows
students could have may lead to skits, Techniques in science
questions answered: interviews, letters, 5/29/18
guest speakers, journals, or visual All bullets from readings, assigned
media, interviews, displays to show in class.
written texts. student http://www.nsta.org/about/positions
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findings.
 Give students time to https://blog.teacherspayteachers.com
/how-to-make-inquiry-based-learning-
explore their topic. work-your-classroom/
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