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Inquiry-Based Lesson Plans

Inquiry-Based Lesson Plans
Inquiry Learning Student understanding is the central focus of inquiry learning. Students actively participate in inquiry learning experiences by developing questions and investigating to find solutions. Teachers facilitate learning as students engage in active problem solving, the construction of meaning and the communication of new understandings to students, teachers or other important adults. Teachers guide student learning by selecting, designing and planning learning tasks, asking probing questions, observing students at work to identify misconceptions and planning follow up experiences. Well constructed tasks allow students’ entry to the problem from different points, encourages divergent thinking and engages students in thinking like an expert in the field (mathematician, scientist, and historian). Though inquiry learning is a component of all areas of the curriculum, mathematics and science is the focus of the elementary inquiry lessons. Search for a Lesson Plan

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Create a Culture of Questioning and Inquiry I have often suggested to teachers that when students have access to technology, whether it is provided by the school in a 1:1, BYOD, or simply the smart phone in their pocket, there should never be a question that goes unanswered –or un-followed. These are teachable moments for how to effectively search for information (information literacy & digital literacy) and allowing the time for students to explore connected ideas brings more depth to the learning, and allows students to make sense of things as they combine new information what they already know and understand, as well as to identify misunderstandings. Questioning leads to synthesis. It also makes the learning personal for students.

Inquiry Based Science Lesson Plans Exemplars inquiry-based investigations provide teachers and administrators with a way of teaching and assessing science-process and communication skills. Our performance tasks are classroom tested and can be used for assessment, instruction and/or professional development. Investigations have been reviewed and approved by NSTA Recommends. Science material features: Truly, open-ended performance tasks that encourage students to communicate their thinkingStandards-based rubrics that focus on science processes and communicationAnnotated anchor papers that accompany each investigationTeaching notes to guide instruction and assessmentAlignments to NGSS, state, national (STEM, AAAS and NRC) and provincial standards, as well as leading science kits and literature links The most powerful form of professional development occurs when teachers work together to assess student performance and discuss student work.

Investigating Animals: Using Nonfiction for Inquiry-based Research ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade

Curious Homework: An Inquiry Project for Students and Parents Photo credit: iStockphoto International educator Scot Hoffman is a big believer in the power of curiosity to drive learning. After nearly two decades of teaching around the globe, he also realizes that school isn't always so hospitable to inquiring minds. BCPS Grade 6 Reading Research Portal Copyright 2014, Baltimore County Public Schools, all rights reserved. Created under the direction of the BCPS Office of Digital Learning in collaboration with the BCPS Office of Secondary English Language Arts by Kelly Ray, Resource Teacher - Office of Digital Learning and Anna Conner, Jeff Flynn, and Alexis Mazur, Library Media Specialists. All Guided Inquiry Design icons, language, and resources are used with permission of the authors: Kuhlthau, Carol C., Leslie .K. Maniotes, and Ann K. Caspari. 2012. Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School.

36 Core Teacher Apps For Inquiry Learning With iPads 36 Core Teacher Apps For Inquiry Learning With iPads The interest in inquiry-based learning seems to ebb and flow based on–well, it’s not clear why it ever ebbs. In short, it is a student-centered, Constructivist approach to learning that requires critical thinking, and benefits from technology, collaboration, resourcefulness, and other modern learning skills that never seem to fall out of favor themselves. Regardless, St Oliver Plunkett Primary School has put together two very useful images that can help you populate your iPad–or classroom of iPads–with apps that support both inquiry-based learning (the second image below), and a more general approach to pedagogy based on Apple’s uber-popular tablet (the top image).

Template Why create lesson plans? Teachers create lesson plans to serve as guides in helping students achieve intended learning outcomes. Whether a lesson plan is in a particular format is not as relevant as whether or not the plan actually describes (1) what the teacher expects the student to know, understand and be able to do, (2) how the student will be engaged in the learning, and (3) what evidence the teacher will accept that the student has demonstrated mastery of the identified knowledge, skills and concepts noted.

Learning Science Through Inquiry Frequently Asked Questions About Inquiry Workshop 1 | Workshop 2 | Workshop 3 | Workshop 4 | Workshop 5 Workshop 6 | Workshop 7 | Workshop 8 Why recommend the iPad for schools? This blog is nearly 2 years old and I thought it was time to revisit the reason for its existence. I am still teaching 11 to 18 year-olds everyday in BYOD classrooms (not iPad only) and can claim a significant experience in the various pros and cons of all types and brands of devices. When I’m considering which students are supported the most in their learning by their device, I still conclude the iPad and its eco-system is my recommendation for handling the full breadth of activities and opportunities undertaken in 21st century schools.

Just Science Now Guided Inquiry The following standards-based lesson plans—from the Beacon Learning Center—provide practical classroom applications of guided inquiry. Elementary School Lessons How BYOD Programs Can Fuel Inquiry Learning Digital Tools Erin Scott Launching a Bring Your Own Device program can be both exhilarating and scary. The opportunity to extend access to technology in the classroom and at home is enticing, but school districts can get hung up on important details like providing a strong network, making sure each child has a device, and questions around distraction.

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