Inquiry Activities

Inquiry Based Learning Activities

Teachers have been asking all the questions for way too long!  It’s time for students to start asking questions and taking ownership in their learning!  Dimension One of the C3 Framework for Social Studies addresses the need for inquiry-based learning in the Social Studies classroom.  If you’re unfamiliar with the C3 Framework or inquiry-based learning, you can check out this blog post to learn more.

These are a few inquiry-based lessons I’m working on for the upcoming school year.  These are still works-in-progress and I appreciate your feedback and suggestions!

Colonial America Questioning Activity – This activity is great to use as an introduction to a Colonial America unit. Students view images and create a list of questions based on what they see. You can use this activity to jumpstart a research activity or have students revisit the questions at the end of the unit to see how much they learned.

Taxation Inquiry Lesson – Students debate whether or not the Americans should have paid British taxes.

Influential Government Document Inquiry Activity –  How the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights and Mayflower Compact impacted the development of American government.

“Was the American Revolution Justified?” Inquiry Activity – Students read and analyze primary and secondary sources including excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and Common Sense as well as an article about the Olive Branch Petition. The goal is to answer the compelling question “Was the American Revolution Justified?” You could use this inquiry to jumpstart a debate or you could use this planning guide and directions page to have students write their findings.

Manifest Destiny Inquiry Activity – Exploring Manifest Destiny and westward expansion through inquiry based learning.

September 11th Inquiry Activity – Students explore newspaper articles from September 12th to develop questions about the events of 9/11. Activity includes student-led research and short writing assignment.

Further Reading: Check out this article from Education Post about questioning – “Who’s Asking the Questions in Your Classroom? If it’s not your students, think again!”

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