How can I assign Inquiry Based Lessons to students?

On Freckle, teachers can assign Inquiry Based videos to their students. These multi-day lessons build conceptual understanding of math concepts through question-asking and real-world application. They are meant to be completed in a whole-class setting with the teacher as the facilitator, or they can be assigned to smaller groups of students. To read more about what IBLs are and how to utilize them in your classroom, click here.
Using the Assignments button on the Teacher Dashboard, teachers can directly send IBL assignments to students' accounts so they can watch and rewatch the inquiry video on their own. The inquiry video is key to figuring out the question(s) that need to be answered in each inquiry. 
While IBLs are assignable through the Teacher Dashboard, it is important to note that some minimal teacher preparation is still involved in completing these lessons. We recommend that teachers still project the daily inquiry presentation (with the discussion questions) at the front of the room. The corresponding inquiry sheets, on which students show their work, also must be printed for students.

Here's how to assign Inquiry Based Lessons: 


1) Click on the "Assignments" tab in the teacher dashboard and click "Add an assignment" for math


2. Choose to assign an Inquiry Based Lesson


3. Browse the library of inquiry based lessons. Click on a lesson to learn more.

Start by selecting the grade level that you teach and find the standard you want to cover with your students. Or, type in a search term to find a lesson.


4) Review the lesson and assign it.

This page will give you an overview of the lesson, both touching on the mathematical concepts it covers, as well as the context of the lesson. You can see how many days the lessons spans, read over the daily objectives, preview the videos for each day, and view and print the inquiry sheets that students will use. Notice that all days of the lesson are checked by default on the right hand side. Any checked video will be assigned to students in their dashboards. If you prefer to assign one video at a time, as opposed to all the videos for a lesson, simply uncheck the videos you do not wish to assign.

*Note that assigning a lesson only give students access to the IBL video in their dashboard. You will still need to distribute the Inquiry Sheets to students (which you can access here).


5) Choose the videos and students to whom you want to send the IBL. 

You will notice no students are checked by default. Click on student names to select them individually. You can also use the "Select All" and "Select None" buttons to choose students. Then click on the green "Assign" button.


6) You will now see your IBL assignments on the Assignments page. 

You can see the name of the IBL you assigned (and which day of the lesson it is) and the date you assigned it. Clicking on the arrow on the row will show you which students have watched the video and which have not.

**NOTE: Each IBL video assignment is listed separately, even if they are all part of the same lesson. Teachers must print and distribute inquiry sheets to students



By combining Freckle's Inquiry Based Lessons with the tailored individual support of the Freckle practice program, your students will receive the most impactful math education available.


7) Have students log in to Freckle.

Students will log in to Freckle just the same way that they always have - with their first name, last name and class code. If you've turned on passwords, your students will then type that in.



8) Have students choose Assignments.


9) Students will see their assignments waiting for them on the right-hand side of their dashboard.

Multiple assignments may be listed. Inquiry Based Lessons are listed under math. Each day of the multi-day lesson is listed separately. Have students click the assignment to begin.

 10) Students work to complete the assignment.

The assignment will stay listed on the student's dashboard until he or she completes the assignment. After the inquiry video has been watched once, it will move down to the "Watch again" list below the assignments and stay there for 24 hours. Students can go back to the assignment and watch the video as many times as they want.


11) Students watch the inquiry video.

Students can watch the inquiry video at their own pace, stopping and playing at they need. They can watch on individual devices in a 1-to-1 classroom or in a group gathered around a single device. 


We recommend that students watch the video at least twice. Afterwards, students can discuss their questions and takeaways with their teacher or classmates. This portion of the IBL is intentionally left flexible so that teachers can decide how to best complete the inquiry.

**Teachers still should use the IBL slideshow on their Teacher Dashboard to help students develop the question to answer and work through the inquiry.**

IBLs work best when students get to discuss the content of the video together and share various strategies for solving the inquiry. We recommend that even if your students are independent enough to work through assigned IBLs (as opposed to working in a whole-class setting), they still work in small groups.


12) Have students complete the IBL as a whole class, facilitated by the teacher, or in small groups.

Once an assignment is completely finished, meaning all students have watched the video, it will be moved from the list of assignments and will be filed under the Recently Completed Assignments tab. To see a list of these assignments, click the "Show>" button. Students can revisit the assigned inquiry video as many times as they need on their own devices (and even access it at home, if need be). This features allows a considerable amount of autonomy when completing the IBLs.


Here are a few ideas for how to incorporate IBLs into your classroom:

  1. Whole Class: Facilitate IBLs whole class, showing the video from your Teacher Dashboard on a projector and breaking students into small groups to work through the inquiry. Use the Mixed Groups function on the Groups & Matrix report to make heterogeneous groups for the IBL. Circulate the room and work with various groups. Then have one spokesperson, or even whole groups, present their solutions to the class. Allow time for questions.
  2. Small Groups: Have a small group work on an IBL on the carpet or in a designated area, gathering around one device to watch the inquiry video. This method is particularly helpful when a small group of students need a review of a concept or are advanced and are ready to move on to a new concept. The rest of the class can be working on Freckle on their individual devices or engaged in a lesson with the teacher.
  3. Centers: If you already use centers or a workshop model in your classroom, include an IBL station! Set up a device for students to access the inquiry video and a special spot for them to collaborate in the classroom. At the end of the day or the end of the week -- whenever all groups have moved through the IBL stations -- gather for a whole class discussion on the inquiry.


Assigning Inquiry Based Lessons is a great way to give students opportunities to practice match concepts involved in real world scenarios, while also linking math to science and social studies concepts. The assignment feature allows teachers to have more control over what students are working on and allows students to watch the inquiry videos at their own pace and on their own devices.

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