TITLE

Planting the Spirit of Inquiry

AUTHOR(S)
Quinones, Christin; Jeanpierre, Bobby
PUB. DATE
April 2005
SOURCE
Science & Children;Apr/May2005, Vol. 42 Issue 7, p32
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Science Experiment
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on a three-week inquiry programme on plant growth, conducted by the authors with their second-grade students. They believe that sometimes only questions can lead to the best classroom experiences. The students had some background of developmental biology, which proved to be an appropriate background for inquiry. A group of questions was asked by the teacher concerning plant growth and sunlight, and role of water and soil in plant growth. The research possibilities of each question was then discussed. Designing the experiment was the next step. Open-ended questions were formed. Student ideas were recorded and discussed. The inquiry sessions created an exciting environment for students to formulate their own questions, collect data, and display results. The daily collected data gave the students a sense of pride and ownership.
ACCESSION #
21551590

 

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