Questions On Science : Science Inquiry

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Elementary Methods Unit 5: Science Inquiry in the Classroom Summary: In today?s traditional science classroom, teachers are the givers of knowledge and present the required information in either a lecture or presentation method. Students are expected to sit quietly, take notes and retain the information for the test at the end of the unit. When student do engage in science activities, they do not often connect the concept with the activity with causes a lack of student understanding and retention. This unit will explore ways to create a inquiry-based science classroom that will allow students to engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate scientific concepts. Course Objective: By the end of this unit, learners will be able to…show more content…
Lesson 1: Using Science Inquiry in the Classroom Objectives: By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to define science inquiry. By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to compare and contrast the benefits and concerns of inquiry-based learning and traditional science lessons. By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to identify and describe each of the five essential components of an inquiry-based lesson. Topic 1: What is Science Inquiry? Inquiry is an instructional approach to learning that involves a process of students exploring the natural or material world. Inquiry-based learning leads students to ask questions, make discoveries, and test those discoveries in search for a new understanding. The approach is much different than traditional approach where teachers give the information about a concept and students are required to retain it. This practice transforms the teacher into a learner with students, and students become teachers with us. Inquiry teaching is allowing students? questions and curiosities to drive curriculum, not the other way around. Inquiry begins with gathering information through applying the human senses ? seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling. Inquiry encourages children to question, conduct research for genuine reasons, and make discoveries on their own. Inquiry teaching honors the previous
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