TEACHING SCIENCE THROUGH INQUIRY
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was able to share this science unit with children from grades 1-4. This web site will show how I used
the museum as a learning environment and learning tool. This unit is great for elementary school
educators who desire to enhance their techniques and learning styles for required science
components. I integrated the informal museum and the formal educational system by asking the
question . . .
Do Athletes Use FORCE & MOTION?
The children experienced multiple learning strategies and familiar learning materials were used. As
the self-directive learning process developed, they gained knowledge, it stimulated their curiosity, and
they became excited and enthused about going on more field trips.
Get ready. . . You’re in for a treat! .
My GOALS were to . . . .
· enhance and increase student knowledge through involvement
· stir up curiosity and excitement that would lead to inquiry
· provide understanding to the point that they could explain the purpose of the visits to the museum, and the classroom experiences
· provide opportunities for conceptual change towards the scientific view
· allow natural curiosity and their own questions to serve as guides for learning
· use skills and techniques that served as a support for phonemic awareness
· increase and enhance the children’s vocabulary
· show the children that learning can be lots of fun
Teaching science through inquiry was not only a great and unique way for children to learn, but it
was good for me, too! Realizing that most children have heroes in the field of sports, I planned my theme around athletes and how they use force and motion to become successful when they play their sport. I used several classroom activities and worksheets to help my children identify many of the FORCE & MOTION (click to view student worksheet) techniques and moves that sports heroes make when they play. Many of the children feel that they will be able to play their favorite sport better because of what they learned about the elements and effects of FORCE & MOTION
(click to view museum visit)
Classroom management and behavior issues were greatly diminished because the students were
so involved. The children were able to refer back to what they learned because they took
ownership in the project and its activities. Children that were previously non-responsive became
interested and involved. They became excited about expressing their ideas and wanted to search
the internet for more information.