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Title: Imagine It!

Imagine It!
  • Inquiry
  • Compiled by Carrie Bunce

  • Research
  • Investigation
  • Exploration
  • Forms the heart of the Imagine It! Program.

  • The purpose of the inquiry and research aspect of
    this program is to capitalize on students
    questions and natural curiosity by using a
    framework or structure based upon the scientific
  • Rigor and Relevance
  • are automatically
  • addressed.

  • The idea of research is introduced as early as
  • Procedures for collaborative research formalized
    further in first grade.
  • Beginning in second grade and continuing through
    sixth grade, students are led, working
    individually or collaboratively, to pursue
    problems that interest them in the same manner
    that an adult would conduct research.

  • To encourage students to understand how reading
    and writing are tools for learning, they are
    asked in each unit to use the content they are
    learning in the unit as the basis for further
    inquiry, exploration, and research.

  • The unit information is simply the base for their

Why Use the Inquiry Process?
  • Instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and
  • listening is often fragmented and lacking in a
  • coherent plan that allows students to work with
  • knowledge.
  • For example Instruction often centers on themes,
    which are little more than topics covered in a
    superficial manner. Writing assignments focus on
    simple read-and-report activities rather than on
    ways to help students gain information they can
    use over time to construct an understanding of
    the world.

  • Based upon common areas of interest, students
  • Inquiry in small collaborative groups and then
    present their
  • findings to their classmates. In this way,
  • recognize the importance of sharing knowledge and
  • much more knowledge of the unit theme than they
  • have simply by reading the selections in the

  • Students
  • investigate concepts beyond the text,
  • expand their understanding of the unit theme,
  • build their knowledge,
  • ask questions, and
  • conduct research in search of answers to their

Inquiry begins with the Unit Themes and builds
  • Unit Introduction
  • Using the Inquiry Planner
  • Support from the Concept/Question Board
  • Driven by student questions
  • and discussion
  • Theme Connections

  • The SRA Imagine It! Program has two types of
  • Units based on universal topics of interest such
    as friendship, kindness, and courage.
  • Content units that provide students with a solid
    base of information upon which they can begin
    their own Inquiry and research. (science/social

Universal Topics
  • Explore through reflective activities
  • Writing
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Interviews
  • Debates
  • Panel Discussions

Content Units
  • While working in the science and social studies
    units, students are encouraged to use this
    framework to keep their research activities
    focused and on track.

InquiryHow Does the Inquiry Process Differ from
Conventional Research Instruction?
  • In conventional elementary school classrooms,
    research means collect information and prepare a
    paper. They conduct their research by
    following a procedure that usually involves a
    series of steps such as
  • Select a topic
  • Narrow the topic
  • Collect materials
  • Take notes
  • Organize notes
  • Make an outline
  • Write the paper
  • Present the paper

  • Although this procedure may result in the
  • preparation of an adequate paper, it does
  • not constitute research in any meaningful or
  • useful sense.

  • Elementary students can do descriptive,
    historical, and experimental research that seeks
    answers to real questions or solutions to real
  • To do this kind of work, however, students need a
    better research procedure than the one provided
    by the traditional approach.

  • The inquiry process is based on the assumption
    that students can do research that will result in
    the construction of deeper knowledge and the
    appreciation that research is a never-ending,
    recursive cycle. Like real-world researchers
    students can
  • Produce their questions
  • Develop ideas or conjectures about why something
    is the way it is
  • Pursue the answers

  • Conjecture- To form an opinion or judgment based
  • incomplete or inconclusive information.
    (estimation, guess, speculation, assumption,
  • Why is the term conjecture used? It seems to be
  • unnecessarily difficult term to use with young
  • The term conjecture is used because
  • It is the most precise term in context of the
    inquiry procedure.
  • It has a respectable place in the philosophy of
  • It is a good idea to use technical vocabulary
    with students when certain terms will be used
    frequently and when everyday language does not
    offer entirely adequate substitutes. The point
    to emphasize is that the goal of the research is
    to improve conjectures.

  • To make the research productive, the following
  • important principles are embodied in this
  • approach
  • Research is focused on problems or questions, not
  • Questions and wonderings are the foundation for
    Inquiry and research.
  • Conjectures are derived from questions and guide
    the research the research does not simply
    produce conjectures.

  • New information and data are gathered to test and
    revise conjectures.
  • Discussion, ongoing feedback, and constructive
    criticism are important in all phases of the
    research but especially in the revision of
    problems and conjectures.
  • The cycle of true research is essentially
    endless, although presentations of findings are
    made from time to time new findings give rise to
    new problems and conjectures and thus to new
    cycles of research.
  • Using the inquiry process is an effective
    strategy to teach for understanding.

What Does the Inquiry Process Look Likein the
  • In the classroom, the inquiry process takes
  • students through a recursive cycle that
  • involves many steps. Students may go
  • through these steps several times before
  • they come to the end of their research.

Inquiry Steps of the Recursive Cycle of Research
  • Decide on a problem or question to research.
  • Formulate an idea or a conjecture about the
  • Identify needs, and make plans.
  • Reevaluate the problem or question based on what
    has been learned.
  • Revise the idea or conjecture.
  • Make presentations.
  • Identify new needs, and make new
  • plans.

InquiryStep 1 Decide on a problem or question
to research.
  • Students should identify a question or
  • problem that they truly wonder about or
  • wish to understand and then form research
  • groups with other students who have the
  • same interests.
  • My problem or question is ___________.

InquiryStep 1 Decide on a problem or question
to research.
  • When the procedure is first introduced,
  • students may require some help in
  • formulating problems or questions.

The Art of the Question--A question can either
shut down or open up a conversation.
Have a rich discussion about the elements of good
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  • Example
  • 3rd Grade classroom that is studying the
    third-grade unit Money.

InquiryStep 2 Formulate an idea or a
conjecture about the problem.
  • Students should think about and discuss
  • with classmates possible answers to their
  • research problems or questions and meet with
  • their research groups to discuss and record their
  • ideas or conjectures.
  • My idea/conjecture/theory about this question or
    problem is _______________________.

InquiryStep 3 Identify needs and make plans.
  • Students should identify needs related to their
    conjectures and meet with their research groups
    to determine which resources to consult and who
    will perform individual job assignments.
    Students also should meet periodically with the
    teacher, to present preliminary findings and make
    revisions to their problems and conjectures on
    the basis of these findings.
  • I need to find out _____________.
  • To do this, I will need these resources___________
  • My role in the group is _________________.
  • This is what I have learned so far_____________.
  • This is what happened when we presented our

InquiryStep 3 Identify needs and make plans.
  • Identifying needs and making plans can proceed
  • in two ways, depending on the students.
  • Younger students might be encouraged to discuss
  • questions that are related to the problem to be
  • researched. Discussion can keep students from
  • focusing on one key word and alert them to a
  • wider range of relevant information.
  • Older students, however, should begin by asking
  • themselves what they need to know.

InquiryStep 4 Reevaluate the problem or
question based on what has been learned.
  • At this step, students gather new information,
    guided by their research problem, conjectures,
    information needs, and plans.
  • Depending on the kind of research a student is
    conducting, she or he may obtain new information
    from all kinds of sources print materials,
    videos, electronically stored data, experiments,
    observations, interviews, and consultations with
  • My revised problem or question is_____________.

InquiryStep 4 Reevaluate the problem or
question based on what has been learned.
  • Students should use the new information they
    obtain to change their conjectures or reformulate
    their problems. When students report their
    findings, they must be prepared to respond to the
  • What does this tell us that we didnt know?
  • How does this information help us?
  • Such questions should not be thought as negative
    criticisms but as legitimate queries.

InquiryStep 5 Revise the idea or conjecture.
  • In research, everything is open to revision
    problems, conjectures, plans, methods, and even
    previously accepted facts.
  • Accordingly, the revision step of the cycle has
    no specific agenda. Revision should not be
    impulsive, students should have a reason for
    making changes. New facts, new insights, or new
    inferences may be a basis for revisions of
    various kinds.
  • Because there is no specific agenda, it is
    difficult to provide much structure for the
    revision step. The important thing is that they
    have opportunities to meet and consider possible
    revision. This is where most of the real
    thinking and knowledge building will occur.
  • Knowledge does not come simply from the
    acquisition of new information. It comes from
    reconsidering current beliefs and conjectures in
    the light of new information and trying to make
    sense of them in combination.
  • My new conjecture about this problem is_________.

InquiryStep 5 Revise the idea or conjecture.
  • Discussions need to be focused in ways
  • that will promote revision. If research has
  • been going well, students will be eager for a
  • chance to report what they have found and
  • not so eager to dwell on what others have
  • found.

InquiryStep 6 Make Presentations.
  • In conventional research projects,
  • everything is aimed toward the final
  • product-usually a written or oral report, but
  • sometimes a presentation in some other
  • medium such as videotape, a
  • demonstration, a model, or a poster.

InquiryStep 6 Make Presentations.
  • These presentations all contribute to revision.
  • They produce feedback and criticism from peers
  • that may change the research or modify
  • conjectures. They are occasions for the
  • presenters to think through what they have done
  • and what the implications are.

InquiryStep 6 Make Presentations.
  • In the inquiry cycle, presentations are an
  • of the revision step. Because revision steps are
  • expected to occur frequently, ample opportunities
  • arise for presentations of all kinds. The
  • is a list of some useful, informal presentation
  • formats. Each is intended to take less than ten
  • minutes, including a few minutes of discussion.

InquiryStep 6 Make Presentations.
  • Mini-debate- Group members who have opposing
    conjectures present them, along with supporting
    evidence and arguments, for class reactions.
  • Video/computer highlights- A research group
    presents and comments on short (one minute or
    less) segments of a videotape or Web site display
    that group members think will be of value to
    other research groups.
  • Book or article highlights- These are similar to
    video highlights, with the presenters reading
    excerpts and offering comments.

InquiryStep 6 Make Presentations.
  • Preliminary findings- A group uses graphs and
    other visuals to help communicate its findings
    more quickly.
  • Problem presentations- Groups that are not able
    to find relevant material or that have found
    something puzzling or inconsistent present their
    present their problem for suggestions.
  • Power Point Presentations- Groups can create a
    Power Point presentation that includes relevant
    pictures, charts, and graphs.

InquiryStep 6 Make Presentations.
  • Poster session- When not enough class time is
    available for all students who want to present
    their research, teachers can allot a certain
    amount of wall space to each presenter to put up
    whatever kind of display he or she wants-graphs
    and pictures with captions, summaries in large
    print, and so on.
  • At the start of a poster session, each presenter
    may have one minute to announce the intent of the
    poster. Then the class is free to study the
    posters, with the presenters standing by to talk
    about them. This kind of presentation is common
    at scientific and research conferences.

InquiryStep 6 Make Presentations.
  • These brief presentations are not intended to
  • take the place of a final product (although they
  • may). They should, however, take some of the
  • emphasis off the final product and give
  • students a better sense of research as a
  • continuous process, with presentations as part
  • of that process.

InquiryStep 7 Identify new needs and make new
  • As stated earlier, the inquiry process views
    research as a recursive, never-ending process.
    Students should be encouraged to pursue problems
    or questions that interest them long after a unit
    of study is over.
  • Teachers may even let an inquiry unit continue
    for months if it is producing good learning.
    Some of the most successful inquiry research
    projects have lasted for almost an entire school
    year .

InquiryStep 7 Identify new needs and make new
  • Based on what I found out, I still need to
  • To do this, I will need these resources________.
  • This is what I have learned______________.
  • This is what happened when we presented our new

In a Nutshell!
  • Learning to read empowers students. Learning to
    learn enables them to use that power
    intelligently to direct their learning process
    and take charge of their lives.
  • Students must learn how to identify problems, ask
    different kinds of questions, confirm
    understandings, predict outcomes, interpret text,
    wonder about meaning, and compare ideas. In
    brief, they must have opportunities to engage in
    the kind of inquiry that prepare them for
    real-world thinking, decision making, and problem