Help!! Need inquiry lesson for science

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  1. Darkhorse

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    Our district is really into using science notebooks and following inquiry, hands-on learning for science. However, the people at my school (and probably other schools too) tend to be pretty stand-offish when it comes to the science notebook. It was also mentioned that many of our staff prefer a more lecture type of instruction and it was suggested that it would help for teachers to experience more hands-on types of instruction.

    For some reason I volunteered to lead a lesson on inquiry for the staff at my school to help get to this end. Now my mind is going blank as to a good inquiry based lesson.

    So, I need some good ideas that I could do in 25 minutes.

    HELP!!!!
     
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  3. goopp

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    Do "Save Fred"...just google it for the instructions. It's a fun hands-on lesson that we use to get our kids excited about science the 1st week of school.
     
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    I have found that many teachers shy away from inquiry based science because of they think inquiry means students going every which way and not having control over the class. I advise whatever lesson you do have parts in place to show how to manage an inquiry lesson: student roles, a plan on how to manage supplies and movement of children, how to have students record and report results.
     
  5. 2inspire

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    I have a smartboard lesson that teaches the parts of an inquiry but it's more focused at looking what you do with the results of your data.

    I suggest Science Notebooks Writing About Inquiry by Brian Campbell and Lori Fulton (maybe you can even talk your Admin into getting one per grade level team). The book is a really good to "begin teachers on a journey in developing the use of scince notebooks in their elementary classrooms." (Campbell).
     

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