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Inside: Check out this easy five step method for teaching the inquiry process to your students. Be sure to download the FREE step-by-step posters.

Do you like teaching strategies that are easy to use with your students?

I like easy ideas … especially easy and engaging.

Whether you found your way here because you purchased one of our inquiry products on TpT or our online store or plan to DIY, this five step inquiry process is the perfect way to teach your students how to create an inquiry project.

Want an easy way for your students to remember this process?

Use visuals to help your students with their inquiry based learning projects. Download the inquiry posters to support your students. Target questions are included for each step of the inquiry process.

Inquiry Process Steps

Free Inquiry Process Posters For Kids

Step 1: Pose Your Question

The first step in the inquiry process is to pose your question. This can be difficult for students. To support this process, I recommend showing students some inquiry question examples. 

If you have purchased an inquiry package from Teaching With a Touch of Honey, you will find at least 9 sample questions included to get your students thinking. Our ultimate goal is to have students come up with their own questions, but many students need help getting started with this process.

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Step Two: Conduct Research

The next step in the inquiry process is to conduct research and find the answer to your inquiry question. Students can look in books, in magazines and on the internet for information.

A great online site for kids to use is Wonderopolis. Students can type in their question or topic and see what other students have wondered about. This is also a useful site for students to explore to find possible inquiry questions.

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Step Three: Interpret the Information

After gathering all the information, it is time to pick out the important facts that answer the inquiry question. Students can write up their findings.

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Step Four: Share Information

There are many different ways that students can share the information they find. They can write it up in question and answer form, create a poster, compose a song, or orally present the information to students.

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Step Five: Assess Learning

An optional step to the inquiry process is to assess student learning. Students can think about what they did well, what they struggled with, and what they would do differently if they researched and created another inquiry project.

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How To Use the Inquiry Process with Students

The materials shown in this blogpost are from the Animal Inquiry package that can be found in our TpT and online store.

Be sure to download your inquiry process planning guide and grab a copy of the differentiation chart.

Did you use the inquiry posters with your students? Comment below and tell me how you used them in your classroom.

Happy Inquiry!

Until next time,

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