With inquiry-based learning, middle school science students use experiments and discussion to stretch their thinking. Continue reading
By Patt Olivieri
In this resource, Patt provides an excellent plan for the Grade 6 strand on biodiversity with a major focus on inquiry.
The intention of the following learning experience is to share, facilitate, and develop an understanding of biodiversity through inquiry, related to the overall Science expectations, as well as some of the expectations in Language and Social Studies. The process begins with critical questions related to students’ own lives and the impact they have on their local environment. Continue reading
This resource was created to demonstrate an effective use of integrating technology in a Science classroom. This particular resource is about using Minecraft in the classroom and implementing gaming as a fun and engaging way to consolidate science concepts. There is something for everyone in this resource no matter where you are in your learning journey: whether you are currently using technology in your classroom effectively, just beginning to use technology, or wanting to begin, this resource will assist you in your learning process. Continue reading
You can make giant bubbles using the right bubble solution and simple tools.
Everyone agrees that bubbles are totally cool. At Spangler Science, we love bubbles and will help you make all kinds and shapes and sizes of bubbles. Continue reading
The Wonder Wall fosters a community of wonder in an inquiry-based classroom. A prominent section of a classroom wall is devoted to the children’s questions. All questions are respected by being displayed on the wall. This helps children to feel safe as their wonders and theories emerge. Continue reading
by Erin Turner
The nature of physics experiments (in the high school classroom) creates a perfect situation to allow students to generate their own testable questions. Many of the safety concerns that might exist in other disciplines can often be avoided when teaching classical physics, as the materials are much more benign. This catalyst was originally designed and tested in an SPH 3U classroom using the concept of friction, but it could be easily adapted to other classes and scenarios.
While presenting this process to the class, the steps were outlined using a simple scenario of the students’ choosing (ex/ Does mass have an impact on the coefficient of static friction?). Particular attention was paid to identifying variables (independent, dependent, and controlled), as this tends to be a stumbling block for students, even at the senior level. Using the terms Manipulated Variable and Responding Variable helped clarify for students the relationship between variables more than the traditional Independent/Dependent phrasing.
Lemon battery, powers light bulb, Joey’s science project, 6 year old Joey (First Grade) demonstration of an electrical lemon battery. Continue reading
Incorporate Inquiry-Based Learning into your Classroom. Start with this short four part video series. Continue reading