Inquiry Guides

"What is an Inquiry Guide?"

Great question! "Guided Inquiry is an innovative team approach to teaching and learning where teachers and school librarians, with other experts and specialists, join together to design and implement inquiry learning. It engages children in constructing personal knowledge while using a wide range of sources of information and creatively sharing their learning their fellow students in an inquiry community. Guided Inquiry Design is grounded in the research of the Information Search Process (ISP) that describes students’ process of learning from a variety of information sources in extensive research projects. The ISP research goes inside the inquiry process to reveal ways to guide students in deep engaging learning" (Kuhlthau, 2019).

Iowa History Project

Select the photo, left, to view an inquiry guide designed to help students prepare for an Iowa History Project. The ideal audience is 5th grade; however, I feel 4-6th graders could definitely utilize the information as well.

Please contact Ms. Westermeyer at or extension 1210 to receive more AEA log-in information for the database links.

Don't see what you need?

Email Ms. Westermeyer at to set up a time for inquiry guide creation.

The library is here to support you and your students' research! Feel free to get in touch anytime.