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Students complete a QBI (question based inquiry) on their favorite science topic in this lesson
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Title – Question Based Inquiry
By – Dawn Pawlowski
Primary Subject – Science
Grade Level – 9-12
Objectives: Students will…
- (1) identify question starter words (who, what where, when why),
- (2) create a display that informs people about a specific topic,
- (3) describe what QBI is, and
- (4) identify the steps for completing a QBI
- Index Cards
- Colored Pencils, Markers, or Crayons
- Display Board
Time Frame: This project should last about 2 weeks. Class time allotted to the QBI and time allotted for homework will affect the length of project.
The QBI can
- Step-by-Step Directions:
- Day 1:
- 1. Have students list science topics they would be interested in researching. If you have a computer lab, allow students to explore these topics on the Internet.
- 2. Have students pick their favorite topic. All topics must be approved by the teacher before research starts.
- Day 2:
- 1. Mini-lesson: How to write a good question; use the Five W’s (who, what, where, when and why).
- 2. Write first question together, “What is…”.
- 3. Using the question-writing format, have students write 10 questions about their topic. All questions must be approved by the teacher.
- Day 3-5:
- 1. Have students search the Internet or library for the answers to their questions. As they find their answers, they should
- (1) print off the computer or make photocopies or
- (2) take notes on index cards or paper (each question should have its own index card or paper)
- Day 6-7
- 1. Using their notes, write answers to the questions. Each answer should be a couple of sentences long and written in complete sentences. All answers should be written in their own words. If necessary, teach a mini-lesson on paraphrasing.
- Day 8-9
- 1. Assemble display board. Have students design a display board on their topic. Have students use markers/colored pencils/crayons, pictures, and stencils to create it.
- 2. Display student work!!!
- 1. Use QBI for other subject areas – language arts, history, etc.
- 2. Students can work in partners, small groups, or individually.
- 3. Instead of making a display board, create a PowerPoint presentation or a research paper.
- 4. Adjust the numbers of questions student have to research based on
- (1) student age and
- (2) disability – if applicable
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