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The Inquiry in Action Project

What causes certain substances to dissolve in water? Why do some liquids bead up on wax paper while others spread out? These questions and many more are explored in Inquiry in Action, a 470-page resource of guided, inquiry-based activities that covers basic chemistry concepts along with the process of scientific investigation.

The book helps students:

  • Ask scientific questions and investigate them
  • Design experiments
  • Record observations
  • Draw conclusions
  • Communicate their findings

It also includes extensive science background for teachers, including:

  • Strategic questioning
  • Teacher demonstrations
  • Detailed procedures for experiments
  • Student activity sheets
  • Preparation notes
  • Assessments

You can download the entire book for free in PDF format.

The Authors

Originally available only in print, Inquiry in Action was developed and written by James Kessler and Patti Galvan from the office of K-8 Science at the American Chemical Society. Experienced educators both, Patti worked as an elementary school teacher with a keen interest in science education before coming to ACS. James has been developing resources for K-8 teachers for 20 years.

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