In 4 Grade Science class our students learn by themselves following the steps of an unit of inquiry by making an observation, questioning about a fact and forming hypothesis.
Within the module “Energy and Motion” our students inquire about gravity and how an object’s surface area affect how quickly it falls.
First of all, they stated a claim in class and after that, they went outside to carry out and investigation and observe how the same piece of paper, but with different shape, could act differently.
In pairs, they recorded their findings and communicated the information they learned to their peers.
This a very useful process in which our students do not just learn to be self-sufficients by taking their own learning path over, but to develop their critical thinking and communication skills.
Inquiry-based learning helps students make their own connections about what they learn.