Unit 3: Implementing
- Learners will be able to design engaging inquiry-based activities in the Science discipline (Cognitive Skill).
- Learners will be able to apply their knowledge to advocate for the use of inquiry-based learning in a given classroom (Attitude Skill).
- Given their knowledge of inquiry-based instruction, students will be able to develop Science lessons based on student-centered activities.
- Students will be able to examine the results of using inquiry-based instruction in the classroom and speak in a positive voice of the approach.
How can we bring inquiry into a classroom?
Now that we have defined what inquiry-based learning is and how it is different from other instructional approaches we often see, we can begin to implement. Most often, we see inquiry in Science. It is easiest to incorporate inquiry into these lessons over other core subjects because of the nature of the discipline (experimenting, testing, and the scientific method). However, it is possible to work inquiry into other subjects as well. Remember, implementing inquiry simply means that you are creating a student-centered learning opportunity in which students learn through discovery, engagement, and hands-on activities. Take a look at the following examples of how inquiry has been implemented into everyday lessons.
- http://wveis.k12.wv.us/teach21/public/iblp/GuideV.cfm?rtype=SMLP&tsele1=2&tsele2=101&upid=3606 (Mathematics)
- http://wveis.k12.wv.us/teach21/public/iblp/GuideV.cfm?rtype=SSLP&tsele1=3&tsele2=103&upid=3778 (Science)
- http://wveis.k12.wv.us/teach21/public/iblp/GuideV.cfm?rtype=SSLP&tsele1=3&tsele2=103&upid=3632 (Science)
- http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/investigating-animals-using-nonfiction-187.html (Language Arts)
- http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/inquiry/demo_sub1.html (Multiple Subjects)
While viewing the above sites, note that some were not created based upon the New York State Common Core. However, they are still great examples of how to implement inquiry into various lessons. Also note that in most cases, several subjects are integrated into each lesson.
Task: Your job is this. Based upon what you know about inquiry and after viewing the above examples, you are to draft a lesson plan which utilizes inquiry in the discipline of your choice. The main parts you should focus on include audience, materials, and the procedure of the lesson. Include two supportive references.