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Intel® Teach Elements – Inquiry in the Science Classroom

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Intel® Teach Elements: Inquiry in the Science Classroom

Inquiry in the Science Classroom is an e-learning course for teachers of students in 3rd to 8th grades (ages 9 to 13) that will explain and demonstrate the inquiry process in depth with interactive activities and locally relevant classroom examples. The course will build a foundation for inquiry and provide the rationale and research basis, common misconceptions, and specific strategies for inquiry as part of any science learning, regardless of the science discipline. It will promote best practices for improving scientific inquiry and will help both the teacher with weak science inquiry background but it will also reinforce teachers more experienced with inquiry.


Module 1: Introduction to Scientific Inquiry

In this module, participants gain an overview of scientific inquiry and its benefits. Participants explore examples of classrooms that employ the inquiry process and look at how inquiry relates to the scientific method and to engineering. Participants are also introduced to the continuum of scientific inquiry to understand the many forms that inquiry may take. Finally, they gain an understanding of the inquiry process and consider how to use the process in their classrooms.


  • Lesson 1: Scientific Inquiry
  • Lesson 2: Scientific Inquiry in the Classroom
  • Lesson 3: Inquiry Practices
  • Lesson 4: Module Review

Module 2: The Phases of Scientific Inquiry

In this module, participants learn the essential elements of scientific knowledge to support inquiry, how to help their students develop information literacy skills to conduct background research, understand the process of scientific inquiry, and learn how data collection can help to support that process.


  • Lesson 1: The Nature of Scientific Knowledge
  • Lesson 2: Scientific Inquiry Phases Examined
  • Lesson 3: Skills for Scientific Inquiry
  • Lesson 4: Module Review

Module 3: Instructional Design for Scientific Inquiry

In Module 3, participants look at how to design inquiry-based projects, integrate inquiry into their curriculum, and assess student learning of inquiry processes and scientific concepts.


  • Lesson 1: Standards and Objectives
  • Lesson 2: Inquiry Projects
  • Lesson 3: Inquiry Learning Experiences
  • Lesson 4: Assessment in Inquiry-Based Science Classrooms
  • Lesson 5: Module Review

Module 4: Science Inquiry in the Classroom

Module 4 explores the practical concerns of teachers who wish to implement a scientific inquiry project or create more inquiry-like experiences in their classrooms. Participants will learn how to create a classroom community of learners, how to promote scientific discourse and argument, provide critical instruction in inquiry processes, and manage classrooms where students conduct scientific inquiry.


  • Lesson 1: Environments that Support Inquiry
  • Lesson 2: Scientific Discourse
  • Lesson 3: Inquiry Skills Instruction
  • Lesson 4: Management of Inquiry Activities
  • Lesson 5: Module Review

Module 5: Technology that Supports Science Inquiry

In this module, participants will explore how technology supports and enhances inquiry practices. They will learn about specific tools that scientists currently use and how these tools can be integrated into a science classroom. In addition, participants will explore how technology can be used to foster communication and collaboration while students engage in scientific inquiry.


  • Lesson 1: Technology Tools for Exploration and Investigation
  • Lesson 2: Technology Tools for Interpretation
  • Lesson 3: Technology Tools for Presentation and Collaborationy
  • Lesson 4: Module Review

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