Inquiry Projects Overview K-8

Inquiry Projects in Kindergarten

That's the Truth

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Digital Drawing

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between fiction and nonfiction text
  • Print and save a file
  • Use tools in a drawing software program to label diagrams and create a picture

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Let's Write!

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 2

Final Student Media: Typed Story

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Use technology to generate and organize ideas
  • Write simple sentences or words for events in a story
  • Click a mouse and type using the keyboard

Supporting EasyTech Lessons


Circles, Triangles, and Squares – Oh My!

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Poster

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the attributes of, sort, and classify two-dimensional shapes
  • Use graphics software to create shapes, change fill color, and create text
  • Create, open, save, print, and /or upload files

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Needs and Wants

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 2

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze a problem, and determine what is known and unknown
  • Distinguish between wants and needs
  • Use a mouse or touch pad to select pictures, select objects, and sort objects into groups

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Think Like a Geologist

Subject: Science • Class Periods: 1

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Compare two rocks and describe the similarities
  • Describe how scientists use different tools, including computers
  • Click a mouse and type using the keyboard

Supporting EasyTech Lessons

Where Do We Live?

Subject: Social Studies • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Picture

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the natural and human characteristics of where they live
  • Compare the natural and human characteristics of two places
  • Draw a picture using drawing software

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Inquiry Projects in Grade 1

From Fact to Fantasy

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 5

Final Student Media: Digital Drawing

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the difference between nonfiction and fiction/fantasy
  • Share pictures in an oral presentation
  • Use tools in a drawing software program to create a picture

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

What do you Think?

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Typed Book Review

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Write a own book review using a rating system and template
  • Navigate a book review website with the help of a teacher
  • Type words into a template

Supporting EasyTech Lessons


World of Shapes

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Digital Photographs

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Classify and identify 2-dimensional shapes
  • Use informal geometric language
  • Use digital cameras to take pictures and import pictures into a document

Supporting EasyTech Lessons

Spend, Save, Share

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Typed Book Review

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between spending and saving
  • Think of ways to spend, save, and give to a charity from a pretend bank account
  • Type on a keyboard and use a mouse to click

Supporting EasyTech Lessons


Out of this World

Subject: Science • Class Periods: 3

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Record and observe weather
  • Understand the differences among weather types
  • Create a slide using slideshow presentation software

Supporting EasyTech Lessons

Where in the World

Subject: Social Studies • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Digital Picture

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the differences between where people live and the food, shelters, clothing and activities that are commonly found in different areas
  • Use a matrix to gather information
  • Use basic drawing program tools

Supporting EasyTech Lessons


Inquiry Projects in Grade 2

Every Picture Tells a Story

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Digital Image with Description

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the characteristics of nonfiction and fiction literature
  • Write and/or type a factual description of an image.
  • Use a search engine to find an image online

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Friendly Letters

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Typed Letter

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Complete the writing process of editing, revising, and publishing
  • Understand the parts of a letter
  • Navigate on a district-approved website using a mouse or touchscreen and keyboard

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Rainy Day Savings

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Poster

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the difference between saving and spending money
  • Calculate how money saved can accumulate into a larger amount over time
  • Format text and insert clip art in a word processing document

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

The Shapes of Our Lives

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Digital Drawing

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Define vertices and determine a shape based on the number of vertices and sides
  • Identify shapes as polygons with 12 sides or less
  • Use a drawing program

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Rock Stars

Subject: Science • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Typed Poem

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Sort and classify rocks based on their size, texture, and color
  • Understand the basics of the rock cycle and the three types of rocks
  • Create an acrostic poem using key rock words learned through websites and discussion

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

It's Natural

Subject: Social Studies • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Presentation Slide

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the difference between natural resources and man-made items
  • Identify ways to conserve and replenish natural resources
  • Create a slide using slideshow presentation software

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Inquiry Projects in Grade 3

Write it Up!

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Collaborative Newsletter

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Write informative articles
  • Work collaboratively in an online workspace or wiki to design and publish writing
  • Use word processing software to save, name, open, and add digital images to a document
  • Use an online shared space or wiki

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Back to Nature

Subject: Science • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Slideshow or Digital Book

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the characteristics of natural resources
  • Identify the natural resources used to create certain products
  • Create online slideshow presentations or digital books
  • Use the Internet to research information

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Riddle Me This

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Email Message

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and sort objects based on geometrical attributes of two- and three-dimensional shapes
  • Use geometric language and attributes to describe and recognize shapes
  • Take digital photos and upload images
  • Compose, respond, and attach files to an email

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

The Life and Times

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Story Posted Online

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the structures and viewpoints of biographical and autobiographical texts
  • Select appropriate information to write about an autobiographical main event
  • Use graphics and word processing software
  • Use Help features and user guides within software applications to effectively use technology

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Stand by Your Plan

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Podcast

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Define and differentiate between wants and needs and balance income and expenses
  • Create a personal spending plan
  • Use the Internet to research information
  • Record audio and create a podcast

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

A Look From Above

Subject: Social Studies • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Digital Drawing of a Map

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and compare the human characteristics of various regions
  • Compare how people in different communities adapt to or modify the physical environment
  • Use the Internet to research information about physical environments
  • Use drawing software to develop a virtual community map

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Inquiry Projects in Grade 4

State the Facts

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Digital Chart

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Use search strategies like text features to conduct online research
  • Write reviews evaluating the effectiveness of websites
  • Search using keywords and Boolean operators
  • Use basic word processing skills to write summaries

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Let’s Be Safe Online

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Poster with Digital Images

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and communicate online safety tips to others
  • Edit writing using digital tools
  • Use word processing software to change font size and style and save and print files
  • Use word processing software to insert a clip art picture

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:


Find the Angle

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Digital Spreadsheet with Graph

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify acute, obtuse, and right angles
  • Calculate exterior and interior angles, when one is known
  • Create a line graph using spreadsheet software
  • Analyze trends and data using a line graph

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Be Money Smart

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 2

Final Student Media: Poster with Digital Images

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how to divide allowance between saving, sharing, and spending
  • Divide dollar amounts by ¼ and ½
  • Enter data into a spreadsheet
  • Create a line graph using a spreadsheet and interpret the data

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Outlining the Water Cycle

Subject: Science • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Digital Outline

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and understand the stages of the water cycle
  • Use the Internet to research information
  • Organize information into an outline
  • Use word processing software to open, save, and print documents

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

State Regions

Subject: Social Studies • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Digital Slideshow

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the regions of the state
  • Compare and contrast the regions of the state
  • Use presentation software to create new slides, insert pictures, and edit text
  • Present a slideshow to the class

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Inquiry Projects in Grade 5

Advice Column

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 5

Final Student Media: Typed Advice Column

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Create a survey to identify a problem
  • Write a problem-solution essay
  • Use the Internet to research information
  • Use word processing software to review track changes

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Finding Facts in Fiction

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 5

Final Student Media: Online Glog (Digital Poster)

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the structures and viewpoints of fictional and nonfictional texts
  • Provide evidence from fictional and nonfictional texts to support understanding
  • Use basic computer skills to create a glog (digital poster) to display creative writing
  • Use graphics software to combine images and text

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:


What’s the Point?

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Graph Art

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the key attributes of the coordinate plane
  • Describe the process for graphing ordered pairs of numbers in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane
  • Use basic software application functions to open, create, modify, and save files
  • Use online tools to collaborate with and offer feedback to peers

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Decisions, Decisions!

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 5

Final Student Media: Digital Spreadsheet

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Practice decision making about spending in a virtual environment
  • Use the Internet to research ways to spend money
  • Create a simple budget
  • Use spreadsheet software to keep a budget

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What is the Alternative?

Subject: Science • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Typed Brochure

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Gather and organize information from video, audio, and text sources on the Internet
  • Create a brochure using word processing or publishing software
  • Use word processing or publishing software to save documents to file folders
  • Tag documents by modifying document properties

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Environmental Changes

Subject: Social Studies • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Interactive Timeline

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how human activity has impacted the environment over time
  • Determine the positive and negative consequences of human modification of the environment
  • Use the Internet to research information and create an online product
  • Post comments online

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Inquiry Projects in Grade 6

Small Screens, Big Thinkers

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 5

Final Student Media: Digital Spreadsheet

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Elaborate on the consequences of illegal online behavior
  • Use evidence to support an opinion about moral online behavior
  • Enter and manipulate data in a spreadsheet
  • Write summaries using a word processing application

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Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Why Rock?

Subject: Science • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Audio or Video Presentation

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and describe igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and diagram the rock cycle
  • Use scientific information to create a video or audio presentation on the importance of rocks
  • Select and use technology tools to plan a project and communicate a message
  • Take digital photos and insert them into a word processing document

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:


Take Some Credit

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Advertisement with Text and Images

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify a statistical question and collect, organize, and interpret data to answer it
  • Use spreadsheets to collect and organize data about credit card interest, fees, and features
  • Create charts from spreadsheet data to support and explain analysis and interpretation
  • Create a document with word-processing software

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Write Like the Pros

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 5 

Final Student Media: Typed Essay or Story

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Search for and synthesize information about published writers’ processes
  • Use a five-step process and word processing software to create an original piece of writing
  • Collaborate digitally with peers
  • Create and edit audio or video presentations

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:


Kidtown

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Digital Drawing or Diagram

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Measure and identify relationships involving angles in triangles and quadrilaterals
  • Estimate the area and perimeter of multiple shapes based on known measurements
  • Use online tools to collaborate with peers
  • Use a drawing or drafting program to draw shapes and add text

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Tech No-Nos

Subject: Social Studies • Class Periods: 5

Final Student Media: Webpage

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the effects of technology on the lives of the people in an industrialized and a developing country
  • Locate and take notes from credible web resources about technology in different countries
  • Use technical writing strategies effectively to communicate opinions and information
  • Create a website with graphics and text

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Inquiry Projects in Grade 7

Isn’t It The Truth

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Persuasive Multimedia Text

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the structure of and evaluate the reasoning in persuasive texts and media
  • Identify examples of faulty reasoning in persuasive texts and media
  • Select technology to create a digital project (based on licensing, application, and support)
  • Use mapping or word processing software to visually represent relationships of ideas

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Healthy Watersheds, Healthy Communities

Subject: Science • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Informational Resource

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Describe positive and negative ways that technology impacts the local watershed
  • Use technical writing strategies to inform and persuade
  • Identify relevant information with Internet searches
  • Make choices about appropriate technology for a task

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Where 2-D and 3-D Intersect

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Digital Photos and Drawings

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Draw a 2-dimensional figure of a 3-dimensional object
  • Draw a 3-dimensional figure from different views
  • Create online presentation that combines graphics and text
  • Take photos with a digital camera and transfer photos to a computer or mobile device

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Writing Paths

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 5

Final Student Media: Infographic or Flowchart

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze and synthesize information about writing processes from different sources
  • Understand models of the writing process for a variety of purposes, styles, and formats
  • Conduct Internet research and evaluate the credibility of web sites
  • Use word processing or publication software to create a flowchart or infographic

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Philanthropy 101

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Website

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Use measures of central tendency to make comparisons and draw conclusions
  • Use data to make decisions about charitable giving
  • Use spreadsheets to collect, organize, and analyze data about charitable giving preferences
  • Create a website or wiki

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Tech Times

Subject: Social Studies • Class Periods: 3

Final Student Media: Online Discussion

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Describe negative uses of technology and explain consequences and prevention
  • Communicate effectively and thoughtfully in an online discussion forum
  • Identify important people, events, and innovations in the technological history of their state
  • Conduct Internet search and evaluate the credibility of web sites

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Inquiry Projects in Grade 8

Class Wiki

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 5

Final Student Media: Research-based Wiki

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Gather information from a variety of sources and cite sources
  • Synthesize research data and create a wiki entry with images and text
  • Create and follow a research plan
  • Create online presentations

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Plate Tectonics

Subject: Science • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Animated GIFs

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the two types of tectonic plates and understand Tectonic Plate Theory
  • Identify the relationship between plate tectonics and geologic processes
  • Use a digital camera and upload images
  • Follow online directions to create an animated GIF

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Mandala

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Digital Mandala

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Apply geometry skills—including transformational geometry
  • Design a mandala using geometry
  • Conduct Internet research and evaluate the credibility of web sites
  • Use a document scanner to scan images into a computer and upload images to the web

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

Persuasive Essay and the Writing Process

Subject: ELA • Class Periods: 5

Final Student Media: Online Word Cloud

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Identify, follow, and implement the writing process
  • Use technology to illustrate ideas
  • Write a persuasive essay
  • Use a web browser safely to access online resources such as a dictionary and thesaurus

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Building a Balanced Budget

Subject: Math • Class Periods: 4

Final Student Media: Digital Spreadsheet

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Plan, create, and revise a budget
  • Define and provide examples of income and fixed, variable, and periodic expenses
  • Create a budget using spreadsheet software
  • Use spreadsheet software to format data, use functions, and use cell styles

Supporting EasyTech Lessons:

The Trail of Tears

Subject: Social Studies • Class Periods: 5

Final Student Media: Online Discussion

Technology and Core Area Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Trail of Tears
  • Engage in a historical dialogue using online discussion board
  • Conduct Internet research and evaluate the credibility of web sites
  • Know how to post to a discussion board and use discussion netiquette

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