While working with classroom teachers, the author developed a “doable” format for inquiry. This format emphasizes using a question wheel as a tool to help students identify independent and dependent variables that drive the underlying structure in inquiry. The format is not entirely open ended, but it allows students to ask questions driven by their own curiosity, make predictions, develop procedures, participate in experiments, collect data, and make conclusions based on evidence. This format worked particularly well in first- through fifth-grade classrooms; with a few adjustments.
Type Journal ArticlePub Date 5/1/2001Stock # sc01_038_08_39Volume 038Issue 08