The Inquiry Project builds an understanding of science in grades 3–5 that lays a foundation for students’ later understanding of matter in terms of molecules and atoms. The focus of The Inquiry Project is on material, weight, volume, density and related ideas. Unique characteristics of this work are the integration of mathematics into the science content and the focus on inquiry through investigation.
Talk Science is scalable, web-based professional development to deepen students’ science understanding through better science discussions. The project provides a “PD Pathway” to help teachers: 1) deepen their understanding of the nature of science and science concepts, 2) develop a culture of productive talk in the classroom, and 3) support productive science discussions. The program blends web study with classroom implementation and face–to–face grade–level meetings.