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Scientific Inquiry in the Kindergarten Classroom

What is scientific inquiry and how can it be used in a kindergarten classroom?

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Scientific inquiry is a method of teaching science that requires students to use higher-level thinking skills by doing hands-on investigations. Using scientific inquiry, students are active learners as they ask questions, design investigations, explain their findings, present their discoveries to others and reflect upon their learning.

There are six steps to the scientific inquiry process. I will explain each step along with examples of how this process could be used in an investigation of "floating and sinking" which could be used in a kindergarten classroom.

1. EXPLORE AND POSE A QUESTION: This refers to questions raised by the students, not the teachers. At this step you're trying to encourage the students to wonder about something so that they want to explore the problem further. When teachers provide an interesting new experience for children, it encourages them to come up with questions. In addition, teachers can pose their own questions in order to model for the children and to challenge them to think more deeply. In our sinking and floating example, the teacher might set out plastic tubs filled with water and several toys of different weights and shapes. She could ask "What happened?" ...

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Scientific inquiry is a method of teaching science that requires students to use higher-level thinking skills by doing hands-on investigations. Using scientific inquiry, students are active learners as they ask questions, design investigations, explain their findings, present their discoveries to others and reflect upon their learning.

There are six steps to the scientific inquiry process. I will explain each step along with examples of how this process could be used in an investigation of "floating and sinking" which could be used in a kindergarten classroom.

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