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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?.

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what is 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.
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What is Cookbook Inquiry?
  • Characteristics of a cookbook lesson
    • They limit student exploration (Students should think like scientists not just replicate what they do)
    • Gives everything the student needs to “replicate” the experiment, step-by-step
    • Students have difficulty constructing the meaning of the lab
turning a cookbook lab into inquiry
Turning a cookbook lab into inquiry

So what can you do???

  • Don’t get rid of the “cookbook” lab…change it!!
your mission
Your Mission
  • Your mission is to take the 5 lesson plans that you brought with you tonight and number from 1-6 somewhere on the lesson (the back will be fine – leave space in between each line)
  • You will be in groups of 3-4. You will rotate your lesson plans within your group and each person will write two modifications you can make to the lesson to make it more inquiry.
  • You will also write on each lesson the unifying science concept that applies.
tips to turn cookbook into inquiry
Tips to turn cookbook into inquiry

- 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

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Tips to turn cookbook into inquiry

Delete the procedure section and have the students design the procedure (this requires them to work backwards).

  • OR….give the first few steps of the procedure and have the students finish it
  • OR….do the student/teacher round robin. Teacher gives the first step in procedure and student the 2nd, teacher, 3rd, and so on
  • OR….mix up the steps in the procedure and have students place them in the correct order
example of mixed up procedures
Example of mixed up procedures
  • Reference: Reforming Cookbook Lab located at http://science.nsta.org/bap/pdfs/CookbookLabs.pdf
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Tips to turn cookbook into inquiry

- 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.)

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Tips to turn cookbook into inquiry

- 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)

penny lab
Penny Lab
  • How could I have made the penny lab more inquiry?
references
References
  • Reforming Cookbook Lab located at http://science.nsta.org/bap/pdfs/CookbookLabs.pdf
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