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Stephanie Castro Stephanie Castro 450 Points

How can I correctly incorporate inquiry into my science lesson plans for second grade?

Emily Faulconer Emily Faulconer 5755 Points

I published a paper on inquiry two years ago. My work was at the college level and we actually found that a moderating factor - the teacher - was more influential than the level of inquiry applied on the quality & quantity of student questions generated. But I think you may find Table 1 useful, as well as some of the other information and resources provided in the literature review. 

Gabe Kraljevic Gabe Kraljevic 4564 Points

Hello Stephanie,

I replied to a similar post a few months ago.  This is generic advice on how to incorporate inquiry in early grades: 

Hope this helps.

Ruth Hutson Ruth Hutson 64765 Points

Hi Stephanie, 

There are a lot of ways to incorporate inquiry into a second grade classroom.  If you aren't very familar with inquiry, a good place to start is with this article from Science and Children (The Many Levels of Inquiry) that discusses the four types of inquiry. It gives some sample suggestions of how to use the four types of inquiry in your classroom.  

From there, I would look my curriculum and decide what types of inquiry I would want to use as I am teaching. What types of topics are you going to be covering in second grade?  What information do students need to know in third grade?  Knowing that information better helps in planning.  If you your state has adopted NGSS and you are unsure, you can always start by looking at the NGSS standards that can be found here. 

Another resource you might look at is an ebook, A Year of Inquiry, that the Learning Center has at a nominal fee.  

Respond back and we can brainstorm together.




Katie Hodge Katie Hodge 946 Points

Hope this helps!

Lydia Coley Lydia Coley 685 Points

Hey Stephanie,

You could try to include students interest into the lesson or start off with a question that will make students think about something they have all seen before. 

I hope this helped!

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