Cookbook Inquiry. What is Cookbook Inquiry?. When you become a teacher, you will find many lessons to use in your teaching. A hands-on lesson does not always mean it’s an inquiry based lesson. You will come across many cookbook lessons. What is Cookbook Inquiry?.
So what can you do???
- Do the lab before teaching the unit, not at the end (this is a great way to introduce new vocabulary)
- Do a KWL chart, come up with a question for students to investigate
- Revise or delete the materials list entirely
- Remove the safety rules and ask that the students put them back in
Delete the procedure section and have the students design the procedure (this requires them to work backwards).
- Take away the data table or chart and have them determine what data they should be gathering and why.
- Have them present their results using a different format (poster, poem, artwork, rap, dance etc.)
- Include an extension or “Going Further” section where the students are required to pose new Q’s (this can lead to another investigation opportunity based on their questions)
- Have teacher give explanation in paragraph form and have students work backwards to come up with procedures, data table, etc. (open inquiry)
Here’s a cheat sheet to help you…