Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

Monthly Update sign up
Mailing List signup
Learning Science Through Inquiry
Implementing Inquiry
Inquiry FAQ
Find Out More


Implementing Inquiry

Science Learning Plan Guidelines
Folder Walk (Virginia Lockwood)
Science Learning Plan (Christine Collier)
Drop Device Inquiry: Investigating Liquids (Sandi Graham and Jim Keighton)
Using KWL to Introduce Inquiry: Balls and Ramps (Molly McLaughlin)
How To Make Lab Activities More Open Ended (Alan Colburn)

Science Learning Plan Guidelines

These guidelines provide a framework to implement a full open-inquiry investigation with your students. (Developed by Lisa M. Nyberg, Ph.D.)

Available at http://www.learner.org/workshops/inquiry/implement2.html

Folder Walk

by Virginia Lockwood, staff developer and consultant, District 2 New York City
Grade Level: K-2
Topic: Shark Unit

A description of the "folder walk," seen in the video clip of Virgina Lockwood's classroom.

Available at http://www.learner.org/workshops/inquiry/resources/implement3.html


Science Learning Plan

by Christine Collier
Grade Level: 4-5
Topic: Decomposition Unit

Christine's learning plan for her decomposition unit, seen in the video clips of her classroom.

Available at http://www.thirteen.org/wnetschool/concept2class/month6/lp_science1.html

Drop Device Inquiry: Investigating Liquids

by Sandi Graham and Jim Keighton, Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC
1994 ASTC Annual Conference, 4 pages

An outline for planning an inquiry-based science experience in the classroom is provided. It describes the process of organizing the initial exploration with materials; discussing, summarizing, and clarifying questions for continued investigation; and developing further explorations and applications.

Available at http://www.exploratorium.edu/IFI/resources/workshops/dropdevice.html


Using KWL to Introduce Inquiry: Balls and Ramps

by Molly McLaughlin, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
1994 ASTC Annual Conference, 3 pages
October 16, 1994

A KWL structure is provided to set up explorations and investigations.

Available at http://www.exploratorium.edu/IFI/resources/lifescienceinquiry/usingkwl.html

How To Make Lab Activities More Open-Ended

by Alan Colburn
CSTA Journal, Fall 1997, pp. 4-6.

When your students do laboratory activities, are they simply following directions, asking whether they are getting the "right answers," and not really learning much from the experience? Here are strategies for open-ended inquiry.

Available at http://www.exploratorium.edu/IFI/resources/workshops/lab_activities.html


  Graduate Credit  |  Teacher-Talk  |  Purchase Videos

© Annenberg Foundation 2017. All rights reserved. Legal Policy