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What questions promote inquiry?

What key questions could be asked to encourage purposeful exploration that promotes inquiry?

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1. What does this make you think of?
2. In what ways are these different?
3. In what ways are these the same?
4. What materials did you use?
5. What would happen if you ...
6. What might you try instead?
7. Tell me about your ...?
8. What does it look like?
9. What does it remind you of?
10. What does it feel like?
11. What can you do next time?
12. What can you tell me about it?
13. Tell me what happened.
14. What could you do instead?
15. Which one do you have more of?
16. Is one object longer/shorter than another?
17. What do you call the things you are using?
18. What can you tell me about the things you have?
19. Tell me what it looks like.
20. How are you going to do that?
21. What do you feel, see, hear, taste, smell?
22. How did you do that?
23. What will you do next after you finish that?
24. Is there anything else you could do/use?
25. How do you know?
26. What are some different things you could try?
27. What is it made of?
28. Show me what you could do with it?
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One important use of questioning is to facilitate student thinking about and discussion of science. ...

Solution Summary

Two Web-based resources that discuss questions teachers can ask students to promote inquiry in science classrooms. Both quotations from sites and OTA commentary.