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Inquiry based learning journal

by Katie Wilson


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My inquiry based learning journey
“If we show students what being curious ‘sounds like’ by regularly and genuinely voicing our own wonderings, we also help teach the art of questioning in a more informal, natural way” (Murdoch, 2015, p.57).
Table of contents

In the Begining
Seaweed investigation
Apple investigation
Ice balloon investigation
Things that scare me
Johns Me Museum
Me as a Learner
Kath Murdoch inquiry cycle
Dewey inquiry cycle
Inquiry Articles
Inquiry self survey
IBL teacher WANTED
Things that make me wonder
Final thoughts
In the beginning
Where am I now in my understanding of IBL?
At this moment , I think IBL is developing your own thinking and learning skills , which inevitably will give a deeper understanding.
What are my questions going forward ?
* how to promote inquiry based learning in a class room?
* how can I incorporate it into lessons?
* how will it benefit the children?
Problem solving
Thought Bubble
Trial and error
Sea weed investigation 🐠
Writing materials
Magnifying glass
Apple experiment
For my Apple experiment I decided to cut my Apple into slices and put it into different liquids and see which preserved the Apple most effectively ( links in with science stand) , unfortunately my phone broke and lost the evidence of how each individual apple looked , however the good news is I remember!!
Oxygen activated the compound polyphenol oxidase in the fruit to turn it brown
Thought Bubble
Golden syrup


Soy sauce


The honey and golden syrup also preserved the apples from browning as it covered them in a layer protecting them from the oxygen which causes them to brown.
The vitamin C and the citric acids actually preserved the Apple quite well
The soy sauce was something I found in my press and decided to try , this caused the apple to shrivel up , my guess is that the elements ate away at the apple causing ut to speed up the process of decay
The milk and water coated the apple preventing it from browning as fast as the apple with no liquid (control) however the was no acid to prevent from the apple from oxidation
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Ice balloon investigation
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We used ice balls (made from freezing a balloon of water) to further our inquiry and scientist skills. We used different ingredients such as salt, vinegar
and food colouring to see how the ice would react.

as you can see from my photos the salt crystallised the ice and made patterns which was more prominent and clear when we added green food colouring, this reminded me of how when it is really cold we put ice on the roads and footpaths to melt the ice. When we added the vinegar the acid in the vinegar also melted the ice quicker.

when I went home I was curious about the inside of the ice balloon was like a spiked sphere , and I found out this is because Ice freezes from the inside out.

I would definitely do this with a class as there is so much to be learned from this experiment, I would also use baking soda and sugar and other ingredients to see their effects.
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