Teaching Science Through Inquiry

The Scientific Practices 

Asking Questions
Developing & Using Models
Planning & Carrying Out Investigations
Analyzing & Interpreting Data


Scientists explain phenomenon through the process of scientific inquiry. The following model places the phenomenon within this process of inquiry, surrounded by the scientific practices.  


A more linear version of scientific inquiry is seen below.


The Crosscutting Concepts

Cause & Effect: Mechanism & Explanation
Scale, Proportion, & Quantity
Systems & System Models

The crosscutting concepts represent seven different lenses through which scientists can view a phenomenon.  Framing questions should represent all of these lenses in the area of patterns, causality (cause and effect and structure and function), systems (systems and system models, scale/proportion/quantity, energy and matter, and stability and change)