186: How to Level Up Your Science Lessons Using Inquiry-Based Learning and Universal Design

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Do you spend hours trying to come up with science lessons that are engaging and not boring? Do you end up just using worksheets because you don’t know what else to do? 

In this episode, I am showing you how you can use inquiry-based learning and universal design in your science lessons. By the end of this episode, you’re going to have a whole bunch of ideas for lessons that go beyond basic read and respond worksheets. 

Believe me when I say that you can have a fun, engaging, rigorous science program that is easy to plan, prep, and run. Inquiry-based learning is great because it is easy for the teacher and works for all students regardless of skill or ability. 

Sound too good to be true? Trust me, it’s not. You just need to know where to start, and I’ve got you covered. 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss: 

  • What inquiry looks like in the junior gradesscience lessons using inquiry-Based Learning
  • The stages of inquiry
  • How the role of the teacher changes in inquiry-based learning
  • Starting off your unit the right way 
  • How to make your science classroom interactive and hands-on 
  • Moving from passive to active learners 
  • Why passive learning creates more work for you 
  • How to plan your unit
  • How to spend less time on prep work 


If you have felt uninspired, lost, or just not sure where to start when it comes to planning science lessons using inquiry-based learning and universal design, I hope this episode has provided you with some guidance.

I don’t want your science lessons to be something that takes hours of planning or becomes something that you dread. That is not enjoyable or beneficial for you or your students!

If you want even more help, I have science units ready to go over on Teachers Pay Teachers. I spend hours perfecting these resources so that you don’t have to!  You can find them here: www.madlylearning.com/shopstore


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