Supporting English Language Learners Through Inquiry-Based Science: Three Strategies for Your Classroom

  • Joshua W. ReidEmail author
  • Cindi Smith-Walters
  • Katherine A. Mangione
  • Alison Dorris
  • Terri Tharp
Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 17)


This chapter uses inquiry-based learning as an approach to discuss three strategies for teaching English Language Learners science content: (a) short silent movies, (b) interactive word walls, and (c) interactive science notebooks. This approach has theoretical grounding in cognitive and social learning theories (i.e., Piaget, Vygotsky, and Cambourne). We discuss the best methods to implement these strategies, suggestions to modify them, as well as the limitations of each. We provide vignettes that focus on natural selection to give context for each strategy. The chapter concludes with a summary of each strategy, a brief discussion on how to combine these strategies for maximum benefit, as well as, questions to reflect on how to promote best practices with these strategies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joshua W. Reid
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cindi Smith-Walters
    • 1
  • Katherine A. Mangione
    • 1
  • Alison Dorris
    • 2
  • Terri Tharp
    • 1
  1. 1.Middle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboroUSA
  2. 2.Cumberland UniversityLebanonUSA

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