K-5 Science Page

Southold Scientists continue to develop their inquiry skills. Inquiry is an approach to learning that involves exploring the world. Exploration leads to asking questions, testing ideas, and making discoveries in the search for understanding. The essential features of classroom inquiry as described by the National Research Council are:

·         Learners are engaged by scientifically oriented questions

·         Learners give priority to evidence

·         Learners formulate explanations from evidence

·         Learners evaluate their explanations in light of alternative explanations

·         Learners communicate and justify their proposed explanations

The ultimate goals of inquiry based learning are to contribute to better understanding of scientific concepts, and to provide the students with collaborative experiences which mirror how “real science” takes place