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Inquiry Based Learning

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Melissa Salmon

on 9 September 2013

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Transcript of Inquiry Based Learning

Inquiry Based Learning
Stage 2

Stage 2 Unit
Our IBL program integrated English and the HSIE unit; State and National Parks.
Within our programming we heavily integrated the use of technology and peer and self-assessments.

We first began by explaining to students about IBL and student driven lessons.
Inquire: The act of asking for information.

Learning: To acquire a new skill or knowledge.

What is Inquiry Based Learning?
All learning begins with the learner.

John Dewey
Our journey of research...
Students completed a KWHL chart as a class and individually.
This created student-centered learning and catalysed the process of inquiring.
The IBL model
Inquiry Based Learning develops
student ownership, greater engagement and enhances student interest in the content area.
Our Mind Map to aid our programming.
The beginning
of our
IBL program
I like how you included a lot of the Australian animals

You have to put more breaths in between the long sentences

I liked how you had lots of Australian animas

Sticky note feedback


To find out information we can use the internet
We can find out information by using books in the library
We can use our own general knowledge


Who builds the national parks?
Who takes care of the national parks?
Why do we have States , Territories and national parks?
Who names the national parks?
Who named the states and territories?
How many states and national parks are there?
What are national parks used for?


It is a national park for everybody
Most national parks have native plants
Some national parks have native animals roaming around
There are six states in Australia and two territories
The six states in Australia include Tasmania , Victoria ,
New South Wales , Queensland , Southern Australia , Western Australia
The two territories in Australia include the Northern Territory and Australia’s Capital Territory


KWHL Chart By J

State and National Parks

-A state and national park is a huge area where native animals live and where native plants are grown. State and National parks
protects the beauty of nature in that area . Native animals such as kangaroos , wombats , platypus , koala , echidna , dingo ,kookaburra and the tasmanian devil live in national parks.
-State and National parks are full of native and national features.
-State and National parks are full of native animals and plants.
-State and National parks are a huge public area where anyone can go.
-You are not allowed to chop down trees because it is a native area.
-There can be a variety of activities with in the area.
-You are not allowed to destroy the area where State and National parks are because there might be threatened species.
-Feral animals and weeds can be great pests to States and National parks.
Flora and Fauna can be found in State and National parks.

We used 'program builder' to create our program.
The program was used loosely. It was a guide to encourage students to gather information in aim of extending their knowledge and achieve learning outcomes in a meaningful and engaging manner.
Once the questions were created, students were explicitly shown how to investigate each question devised.

Students were shown how to research, create new knowledge and reflect on discoveries through
dot points.
skinny notes
defining technical words.
Students had the opportunity to exercise their new skills and knowledge of inquiry to research and present to the class their discoveries through presentations, videos, brochures, surveys, graphs, comic life, etc.
We used the 6 Thinking Hats to encourage 'out of the box' thinking!
This model was useful and was followed when creating our program.
My students were engaged, developed new skills and knowledge. They were given opportunities to extend their understanding, develop deep knowledge through meaningful experiences, utilising technology and integrating Key Learning Areas such as Literacy, Numeracy and HSIE.
We used these models to help us with our programming and questioning.
KWHL Class Chart:

We completed KWHL chart as class to drive our investigation.
This is student completed KWHL work in progress completed on MicroSoft PowerPoint.
Student feedback
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