Over the past few years, I have been incorporating inquiry circles into my classroom through Social Studies and Science. Inquiry circles are a lot like most research projects. I would say the main difference is how they start.
Getting Started with Inquiry Circles
I find that this work plan helps hold students accountable. By the time the work plan is complete, they understand exactly what they are supposed to do, and have a plan to make sure it gets done. At this point, my students begin the research process. With notebooks and pencils in hand, I take my class to the school library to check out relevant books, and to the computer lab to search the internet. All in all, I would say that I take about three to five days on the research part of this project.
Putting it All Together
Last, but not least, comes my students’ favorite part…putting together the presentations. I give my students the option to present their information in any way they would like; PowerPoint, Posters, drama/play, create a book, create a movie. This part usually takes about a week, depending on how much class time you can donate to this adventure. Once students are ready, they present their research to the class and usually include a short quiz/game at the end.