This is my first year teaching any kind of science or social studies. Last year's teacher did a year long topic planner, but never made actual units for Science. She has "Scientific Inquiry" listed as a separate unit. I'm struggling with coming up with subtopics when trying to do a concept map for this unit. What would be appropriate at this age for this topic? Our textbook is no help and I looked at our state's public school standards and didn't get any help either. I'm at a private school and our standards are pretty loose, though they do list that the student will understand scientific inquiry. So....should I nix the scientific inquiry unit and incorporate it into the other units? Or if I didn't nix the unit, what would be my subtopics?