Franklin Scientists Practice Inquiry in the First Weeks of School

Franklin Scientists Practice Inquiry in the First Weeks of School

September, 2016

In the first weeks of school, Franklin students are introduced to the process and purpose of scientific inquiry.  In my visits to science classes in grades 6-11, I saw and heard teachers and students doing the work of real scientists as they:

  • used data sets to build background knowledge;

  • set up scientific field journals for organizing information, making observations, documenting key concepts, and asking wonderful questions to guide further inquiry and experimentation;

  • practiced classification skills, as they begin an all taxa species count of life on FSI’s campus;

  • mastered using microscopes and safe science;

  • grew cultures from Hominy Creek water samples collected on our campus;

  • fostered monarch caterpillars to release in our waystation post metamorphosis.

Stay tuned as these early introductions to science establish essential understandings and practices that enable Franklin scientists in all grades to go deeper into the wonderful world of scientific inquiry.  Our campus is a laboratory of learning.

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