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A Student Handbook for 21st Century Learning

Inquire Elementary Student Handbook (Grades 4-5) is a complete learning guide covering 21st century skills, traditional study skills, the inquiry process, and project-based instruction. This handbook works across the curriculum to deepen students' thinking in science, social studies, math, and language arts.

Also, check out the Teacher's Guide to the Inquire Student Handbook. For free downloadable templates, additional models, and links to great sites, check out the handbook additional resources and the teacher's guide additional resources.

The Inquire handbook has three main parts:

Part I: Building 21st Century Skills

  • Overview of 21st Century Skills
  • Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, Communicating, Collaborating, and Building Arguments
  • Succeeding in School, Improving Study Skills, Reading to Learn, Improving Vocabulary, and Following Basic Conventions
  • Improving Viewing Skills, Using Information and Media, Using Social Media, Learning About Money

Part II: Using the Inquiry Process

  • Learning About the Inquiry Process
  • Questioning and Planning
  • Researching and Creating
  • Improving and Presenting

Part III: Developing Projects

  • Writing and Graphing Projects
  • Audio-Visual and Design Projects
  • Performing and Web Projects

Inquire helps students . . .

  • build 21st century skills such as critical and creative thinking, problem solving, communicating, and collaborating;
  • improve information and media literacy by using the library and Internet, reading to learn, taking notes, evaluating media messages, finding reliable Web sites, using primary sources, documenting sources, and avoiding plagiarism;
  • develop inquiry skills such as questioning, planning, researching, creating, improving, and presenting; and
  • create amazing projects, from writing and graphic projects to design and community projects.


Quality Resources

"I am a literacy professor and a big fan of Thoughtful Learning resources. In the courses I teach for in-service and pre-service teachers, I often share Thoughtful Learning resources for teaching writing and inquiry-based instruction. It's important for teachers to see quality resources that encourage deeper thought and promote learning in interactive and meaningful ways."

—Dr. Beth Dobler

What education needs in today's world

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“An excellent book in preparing both young and life-long learners with the tools they need to thrive in the 21st Century. Teams like those at Thoughtful Learning are the cutting edge, the pioneers, of what education needs in today's' world. A wonderful textbook. A visionary team of people who go out and make it happen.”

—Marcus Martins

Changed my perspective

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Learn skills that are real. Inquire changed my perspective on education.”

—Oliver Schinkten

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