Inquiry-Based Learning Using Everyday Objects
Hands-On Instructional Strategies That Promote Active Learning in Grades 3-8
- Amy Edmonds Alvarado - History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
- Patricia R. Herr
Science | Teaching Methods & Learning Styles | Teaching in Primary Schools
Engage students in object-based inquiry to encourage them to become more observant, inquisitive, and reflective!
Object-based inquiry is a tested method that enhances the skills of the student, as well as the instructor, by engaging students in hands-on studies of everyday objects, raising their curiosity and enthusiasm for the learning process. Hands-on instructional strategies foster active learning, allowing students to investigate essential questions, while at the same time meeting curriculum standards and creating a profoundly new learning experience. In this exciting new book, educators and authors Amy Edmonds Alvarado and Patricia R. Herr explore the concept of using everyday objects as a process initiated both by students and teachers, encouraging growth in student observation, inquisitiveness, and reflection in learning.
Essential focal points of this teaching resource include:
- Concept and theory
- Getting started and gathering collections of different objects
- Lesson planning and student grouping
- Formative and summative assessments
- Sample lesson plans for language arts, science, social studies, and math
Inquiry-Based Learning Using Everyday Objects is a practical guide that will promote change in both teaching and thinking. It is a tool that all educators should add to their existing repertoire of teaching methods.