What do kids do in Inquiry Project classrooms?

Students investigating three containers of water

In Inquiry Project classrooms, you will observe students investigating scientifically oriented questions and engaging in firsthand investigations. In collaboration with peers, they

  • Make predictions (and explain their reasoning)
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data
  • Formulate claims from evidence
  • Give priority to evidence in responding to questions and proposing explanations
  • Propose scientific explanations to explain their findings

Students’ science notebooks are always open and by their side so students can make entries and use them as a reference throughout an investigation. Notebook entries provide a record of ideas, predictions, observations, measurements, drawings, representations, claims, and explanations. Students are encouraged to refer to notebook entries during class discussions when they make meaning of their work.