10 Inquiry-Based and Problem-Based Teaching Strategies and Activities for the K-12 Classroom
Are you looking for inquiry-based and problem-based teaching strategies and activities for your classroom? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Below you will find 10 of our favorite teaching strategies and activities.
- Dramatized Problem-Based Learning: An interactive inquiry-based teaching method in which students ask questions to identify and resolve a problem while engaging with the people involved in the problem.
- First Person Experiences: A project-based teaching idea in which students take on the identities of people actively involved in an event or era they have chosen to research.
- Inquiring Minds: An inquiry-based research activity in which students, in small groups formed based on the topics they have selected, brainstorm three to five questions they intend to answer through their research. This provides direction throughout the activity.
- Oral History Project: A long-term project in which students research the personal histories of an individual of their choice, conduct interviews of the person, and create a presentation which includes artifacts, a feature article, a personal memoir, and a photograph.
- Transmediations: An inquiry-based writing activity in which students change the medium of a work from its original form. For example, students might transmediate a poem into a picture book or song lyrics into a story.
- Travelogues: An inquiry-based writing activity in which students record their virtual visits to countries wherein a novel they are reading is set, a language they are studying originates, or a historic event has occurred. Travelogues can be created in various formats including a travel journal, a PowerPoint presentation, or a video.
- Press Conference: A project-based activity in which students have researched a given topic and their peers, acting as the audience, raise questions as if they were participating in a press conference.
- Rest of the Story: An inquiry-based research method in content area study that encourages students to go further in their research beyond general knowledge about a person, event, invention, discovery, or topic.
- Ripped from the Headlines: A long-term inquiry-based activity in which teachers and students select an intriguing story from a news source to use as the basis for inquiry and examination.
- Solution Products: The resulting material from problem-based learning which are, generally, reasoned explanations. Students come up with these solutions based on the information given to them, their responses to the questions they have come up with, as well as subsequent reasoning.
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