Inquiry Based Lessons are cross-curricular activities that build conceptual understanding of mathematical topics while students explore real-world scenarios. In an Inquiry Based Lesson, students will...
- develop the questions to answer and work together to find solutions
- be encouraged to collaborate and think critically
- never be told what operation to use or what steps to take
The open-ended nature of Inquiry Based Lessons lead to more rigorous discussion. Lessons for grades 1 through 5 are scaffolded with open-ended questions. Middle school lessons do not include these scaffolded questions, allowing for more independence.
- taking a trip to the local library
- providing disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina
- helping the President plan the fiscal budget
- scuba diving in saltwater lakes