[KACT] Re: Inquiry Resource

  • From: "Deters, Kelly" <DetersK@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 14:11:16 -0500

Great resources--I added information about both along with your descriptions of 
them to the "Inquiry Labs" page in the "Filing Cabinet" section of the webpage! 
 I've heard about the first book, but not the second...I'll check out the 

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From: kact-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:kact-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of 
Cline, Brad
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 1:38 PM
To: kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [KACT] Re: Inquiry Resource

We at Goddard have been playing with Constructing Chemistry: by Jason Neil,  
Website:  www.chemistryinquiry.com <http://www.chemistryinquiry.com/>   Haven't 
had a lot of time to implement it yet, as we just received the CD, but it 
appears to be well written and as an old pro at constructivist physics 
teaching, I do like the approach that Neil is taking.  I feel it did help the 
kids on the first unit I tried. 


The CD is about $50.00 which contains all worksheets and modules or you can buy 
a hard copy for $125.00.  This is the price for one teacher in your building.  
If you have more than one teacher teaching chemistry with it, you are supposed 
to buy one copy of the CD for each teacher.


It is hard to work inquiry into the curriculum since inquiry approaches take a 
lot more time.  Usually you have to sacrifice content for process in this case. 
 In my physics curriculum (I use the Arizona State Modeling  
<http://modeling.la.asu.edu/modeling-HS.html> Physics Program), I cut almost 
half of my content out to make the entire course inquiry based.  It nearly 
killed me to do so, but my students understand physics so much better now, I 
realize it was worth it.  I don't know what I'll have to do yet to make this 
work for Chemistry. 



Scientia non habet inimicum nisp ignorantem.


Bradley L Cline

Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Physics Instructor

Goddard High School

2500 S 199th St West

PO Box 189

Goddard, KS  67052-0189



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Trina Adams
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 12:04 PM
To: kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [KACT] Inquiry Resource





I don't know about you but I have had a hard time working inquiry into my 
curriculum. When I would go to a workshop the topic would swing toward inquiry 
in the elementary setting.  So, I purchased a book called Teaching Inquiry 
Based Chemistry: Student-Led Scientific Communities.  ISBN # 0-325-00671-7


It is geared toward high school chemistry, is only 118 pages, gets to the 
point, and gives suggested activities for units.  The authors are realistic in 
that they realize inquiry and teacher led instruction need to be balanced.  You 
may choose not to implement the full strategy but there may be bits and pieces 
that would fit your style.  


Trina Adams


Marysville High School

785 562 5386


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