Lead with a Question
Goal for this session: Science begins with questions about the natural world. In this session you craft an investigation question that guides activities and discussions and leads students to a deeper understanding of a disciplinary core idea (DCI).
Prepare – See how a good investigation question shines a spotlight on a DCI and the practices students use to better understand the idea
- Read The Right Question at the Right Time by Jos Elstgeest. What are key characteristics of “productive questions?”
- Get to know the Investigation Question Planning Tool (docx). Review the Example (pdf) filled-in tool for Investigating Water Transformations Investigation 4, What does a drop of water weigh?
- Complete the Investigation Question PLC Activity.
- See how NGSS grade 5 performance expectations help students formulate answers to questions. As students learn to answer these questions, they learn more about practices, crosscutting concepts, and DCIs described in the NRC Framework.