Colorful, visual reminders of Van Andel Institute for Education’s Instructional Model for Inquiry-based Science, Instructional Model for Engineering Design, Learning Environment and Habits of Mind, as well as student prompt posters for implementing inquiry-based instruction.
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The Instructional Model for Inquiry-based Science poster integrates a process of scientific inquiry with a rich learning environment, while nurturing scientific habits of mind. By addressing the process and the culture of scientific inquiry, the model becomes a practical guide for helping students to think and act like scientists. (24” x 36”, laminated)
The Instructional Model for Engineering Design Poster integrates a process of engineering design with a rich learning environment while nurturing scientific habits of mind. By addressing the process and the culture of scientific inquiry, the model becomes a practical guide for helping students to think and act like engineers. (24″ x 36”, laminated)
In order to effectively drive an investigation, a scientific question should be important (relevant and connected to required learning), testable (able to be answered from evidence obtained in an investigation), and doable (able to be done with the resources and time available.) The Question Poster guides students through evaluating an investigation question. (18″ X 24”, laminated)
Science investigations explore questions of how or why things happen in the natural world. Scientific explanations offer answers to these questions based on evidence collected during scientific investigations, and also include an argument that justifies why the evidence supports the claim. The Explanation Poster guides students through developing an argument that supports a claim. (18″ X 24”, laminated)
The Evaluation Poster uses a series of questions to prompt students’ self-reflection about the strength of their investigations. This scrutiny of one’s own work helps develop self-directed learners. This poster is suitable for use throughout the investigation process. (18″ X 24”, laminated)
A scientific investigation requires a fair test in order to be confident in the results. The Investigation Plan Poster helps students make sure the investigation plan is a fair test by determining if the plan is repeatable, generates quality data, and minimizes error. (18″ X 24”, laminated)
The Present and Defend Poster outlines the steps of a powerful communication strategy that engages students in scientific discourse. Its structure encourages openness to new ideas and informed skepticism. This poster helps develop student presentation skills and promotes active audience participation. It is ideal for use at the conclusion of an investigation with both whole group and small group formats. (18″ X 24”, laminated)
The Research in Progress Poster emerged from the practice of Van Andel Institute for Education’s world-renowned scientists. This poster promotes students’ critical and creative thinking during the design and implementation of their investigations. It is ideal for sharing in both large and small group formats. This poster is suitable for use at any point in an investigation. (18″ X 24”, laminated)