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Using Science Trade Books To Support Inquiry in the Elementary Classroom

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Rather than giving students "recipes for experiments," which might be described as hands-on activities with explicit step-by-step directions on how to collect data, involving students in inquiry investigations provides students opportunities to generate their own questions about everyday phenomena, design ways to collect data, use creative thinking to make inferences about their data, and propose possible explanations of the phenomena. Important elements of inquiry that are often left out when teachers attempt science investigations are: 1 student research on the topic before starting, 2 student analysis of results and explanations, 3 student evaluation of new ideas, and 4 student and teacher application of conclusions to new areas.

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