Teaching & Inquiry

Practical Tools for Science Teachers

Teaching Science as Inquiry

Teaching Science as Inquiry means creating a classroom environment in which you and your students are motivated to learn science.  Teaching science as inquiry involves collaboration, discussion and talk, participation in projects and especially active learning lessons.

Many science teachers have learned that there are a number of key tools of teaching that will promote teaching science as inquiry. The practical tools, based on theory and research, that science teachers use in their classrooms to involve their students in inquiry learning, including hands-on investigations, project-based activities, Internet-based learning experiences, and science activities in which students are guided to construct meaning and develop ideas about science and how it relates to them and their community.

Teachers who advocate and implement an inquiry philosophy of learning do so because they want to inspire and encourage a love of learning among their students. They see the purpose of schooling as inspiring students, by engaging them in creative and innovative activities and projects.

Implementing Science Inquiry Approaches

These links are designed to give you examples of how to practically implement inquiry activities in your classroom.

  1. Using Inquiry to Help Students Build Up Their Ideas
  2. 6 Cooperative Learning Strategies to Implement Inquiry
  3. 3 Inquiry Lessons for your Science Course
  4. Ways to Use Inquiry to Interest Students in Science
  5. Hip-Hop Generation and Science Inquiry
  6. The Dinosaur Footprint Puzzle: An Inquiry Activity for the Ages
  7. Science As Inquiry from Goodyear Books
  8. Resources for Science Inquiry


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