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What is the best inquiry process for elementary social studies curriculum?

Inquiry Journeys and The Inquiry Process

All units in Inquiry Journeys incorporate the Inquiry Process. Units are anchored in an Inquiry Question that is open-ended, complex, and compelling to students.

Each unit opens with a “Launch Module,” made up of lessons that hook students into the inquiry, introduce the Inquiry Question, and help students generate questions to guide their exploration. Then, students move through a series of “Investigation Modules.”

Each Investigation Module is framed by an essential, need-to-know question and contains lessons that guide students through the investigation of a specific topic related to their overall inquiry. Finally, every unit culminates in an “Action Module.”

During the Action Module, students shifting the focus of their work to planning and implementing an action that impacts their world. As part of this process, they create an Inquiry Product that supports their action, then share their efforts with a public audience. View to video below to

View the video below to see the process in action during the 3rd Grade Global Connections Unit.


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inquirED was founded by teachers with the mission of bringing inquiry-based social studies to every classroom. Inquiry Journeys, inquirED’s elementary social studies curriculum, is used in schools and districts across the country to help students develop deep social studies content knowledge and build the inquiry skills that are essential for a thriving democracy.

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