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Methods and Strategies: "Inquirize" Your Teaching

Science and Children – March 2007

The basic elements of inquiry include: ask a question, conduct an investigation, make observations and collect data, use data to develop an explanation, and communicate results. The 5E learning cycle model is very useful for designing lessons that include the above inquiry abilities. The learning cycle includes five phases, an engage that focuses students on a question, an explore where that question is investigated, an explain where the data from the investigation are analyzed and interpreted, an extend and apply where concepts are connected to other concepts as well as to the real world, and finally, an evaluate where the understandings are assessed. This article describes how to “inquirize” a demonstration activity with steps that can be applied to any activity.
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