Inquiry Activities

This page contains resources for inquiry activities conducted at our workshop on January 14. They are correlated to the Science GPS for grades 4 and 5.
Topic: Essential Features of Inquiry

Web Resources:

Topic: Shark Teeth 

Web Resources:

Shocking Sharks!  This is a webquest designed by Pat Dobson and Laura Carlson to be used or adapted for grades 2-5.

Educational Innovations   This site contains Science supplies and great teaching ideas!
Habits of the Mind
S4CS1 and S5CS1. Students will be aware of the importance of curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism in science and will exhibit these traits in their own efforts to understand how the world works.
a. Keep records of investigations and observations and do not alter the records later.
 S4CS8 and S5CS8. Students will understand the important features of the process of scientific inquiry.
Life Science
 S4L2. Students will identify factors that affect the survival or extinction of organisms such as adaptation, variation of behaviors and external features.
 a. Identify external features of organisms that allow them to survive or reproduce better than organisms that do not have these features.
 S5L1. Students will classify organisms into groups and relate how they determined the groups with how and why scientists use classification.
Topics: Moon Phases, Tides and Seasons
Web Resources:
  1. Moon Phases
  2. Lunar Phases (simulation)
  3. The Phases of the Moon (applet)
  4. Moon Phase Hats (voice thread)
  5. The Reasons for the Seasons (applet)
  6. Our Solar System--Size of Planets and Stars to Scale (YouTube Video)
  7. Tides (applet)
Earth Science
S4E2. Students will model the position and motion of the Earth in the solar system and will explain the role of relative position and motion in determining sequence of the phases of the moon.
a. Explain the day/night cycle of the Earth using a model.
b. Explain the sequence of the phases of the moon.
c. Demonstrate the revolution of the Earth around the Sun and the Earth's tilt to explain the seasonal changes.
d. Demonstrate the relative size and order from the sun of the planets in the solar system.
Physical Science
S4P2. Students will demonstrate how sound is produced by vibrating objects and how sound can be varied by changing the rate of vibration.
a. Investigate how sound is produced.
b. Recognize the conditions that cause pitch to vary.

Topics: Physical and Chemical Change, Electricity and Magnetism
Web Resources: 
  1. Balloons and Static Electricity (simulation)
  2. Circuit Construction Kit--DC Only (simulation)
Physical Science
S5P2. Students will explain the difference between a physical change and a chemical change.
a. Investigate physical changes by separating mixtures and manipulating (cutting, tearing, folding) paper to demonstrate examples of physical change.
b. Recognize that the changes in state of water (water vapor/steam, liquid, ice) are due to temperature differences and are examples of physical change.
c. Investigate the properties of a substance before, during, and after a chemical reaction to find evidence of change.
S5P3. Students will investigate the electricity, magnetism, and their relationship.
a. Investigate static electricity.
b. Determine the necessary components for completing an electric circuit.
c. Investigate common materials to determine if they are insulators or conductors of electricity.
d. Compare a bar magnet to an electromagnet.


Laurie Dias,
Jan 13, 2010, 5:03 PM