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The Best Inquiry-Based Learning Resources to Aid Instruction

If you’re teaching with inquiry-based learning, then give yourself a big pat on the back. You’re providing learners with the kind of experiences that develop the skills they need for solving problems, utilizing information, and thinking critically. However, if you’re just getting your feet wet with inquiry-based learning, then it helps to have some resources to make the shift easier.

Here we have some popular inquiry-based learning resources of our own, plus some others from various learning destinations on the Web. Explore them at your leisure and see which ones your professional practice—and most importantly, your learners—can benefit from. Afterwards, we’ll show you the path to take to really excel with inquiry-based learning in any classroom.

Inquiry-Based Learning Resources from Wabisabi Learning

The Wabisabi Inquiry Cycle

First up, we’ll talk about the simplest and most powerful inquiry process you can use, the Wabisabi Inquiry Cycle

This is an instructional tool that places the responsibility for learning directly into the hands of your learners, where it belongs. Additionally, it connects content and curriculum to the things that are interesting and relevant to them, ensuring meaningful and authentic learning takes place.

It begins with choosing a Global Concept, or a driving idea behind the lesson. Next we move into discussion and the formulating of an essential question that drives learners to the actual inquiry cycle.

In this cycle there are 4 Cs: Curious, Connect, Communicate, and Create. First we get learners curious about the Global Concept, in an effort to guide them toward making connections to things they discover or are already aware of. Once the connections are made, our goal is to have them communicate their essential understandings by creating an original product or solution using a medium that speaks to them creatively and personally. 

The process is mapped out below, and you can learn more about it in this article about transformative learning using the Wabisabi Inquiry Cycle.

wabisabi-inquiry-cycle-infographicInquiry-Based Learning Activities

To help you with ideas, we developed a few other inquiry-based learning resources that can provide satisfying learning adventures for students. These are cross-curricular in nature and can also be adapted to various grade levels.

We recommend beginning with our free ebook 10 Great Activities for Exploring Inquiry-Based Learning. Each scenario inside the book features a real-world topic, discussion questions, and resources for further investigation. It’s one of our most popular free ebooks, and you’ll find it very useful for building a culture of inquiry in your classroom.

IBL-10-cover-transIn addition to this, we’ve produced articles on our blog that offer instructional ideas for a number of different core subjects. Check out the following links for even more inquiry-based learning ideas.

Other Useful Inquiry-Based Learning Resources

Enjoy these other sources for help with inquiry-based learning.

The Path to Exceptional Inquiry-Based Learning

We hope you find this list of inquiry-based learning resources useful and applicable to your continuing classroom practices. Here at Wabisabi Learning, we love the inquiry process. In fact, we love it so much we built an entire workshop around helping educators like you fully understand how best to utilize and assess it in your classroom, and we’d like you to join us for one of your own. 

We’re talking about our full-day facilitation, Foundations of Inquiry. This workshop will deeply engage participants in an exploration of the fundamental elements of inquiry, from questioning to creating authentic, learner-centered inquiry, that connects to clear curricular outcomes.

In this exciting and dynamic full-day workshop, you’ll experience how to:

  • Explore global concepts to identify potential lines of inquiry 
  • Map achievement standards to establish clear learning intentions 
  • Discover how listening to student voice becomes the most powerful diagnostic assessment
  • Develop essential and herding questions to drive learning 
  • Discover how to personalize learning, by connecting curriculum outcomes to learner strengths and interests 
  • Explore how to create exciting challenges for your learners and transform your practice.


Seats are filling up fast, so request your info package now. You can also reach out to us to schedule a call and learn more about how we and your unique school can work together to achieve truly transformational learning.

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