Explore how inquirED's Inquiry Journeys curriculum engages K-5 students in

inquiry-based social studies

What is Inquiry-Based Social Studies?

Most adults remember social studies as boring lectures and memorization – but that's not inquiry!

  • In inquiry-based social studies, students investigate complex questions about Geography, History, Economics, and Civics.

  • They gather evidence from books, pictures, stories, and other sources to help them answer these questions

  • Watch the video to see an example of inquiry-based learning in action during a third grade Inquiry Journeys unit.

What topics do students investigate?

What do students do with their learning?


Each Inquiry Journeys unit ends with a project!

At the end of their "Meeting Needs and Wants" unit, second-graders took action:

  • They identified their classroom's need for an outdoor learning space where they could learn during the pandemic.

  • Then, they advocated to their PTO for funds to support their project. 

How can you learn more about Inquiry Journeys?


"What is Inquiry?"
Blog Post

Check out our blog to dig a little deeper into the principles and practices of inquiry.


Inquiry Journeys
Scope and Sequence

Explore content in the Inquiry Journeys Scope and Sequence, which lists units and topics. 


 How are sources used in Inquiry Journeys?

Inquiry Journeys includes thousands of engaging primary and secondary sources.