400 Amazing Essential Inquiry Questions for Elementary and Secondary Students

Looking for subject-specific questions for your next inquiry unit?

Browse the collection below for some ideas and inspiration!

Sample Questions:

  1. How do we affect our environment?
  2. What habits have other countries formed that are helping/harming nature?
  3. What happens when we disturb an ecosystem?

Civics, Freedom, & Government

Sample Questions:

  1. What role does the government play in our freedom?
  2. Does equal always mean fair?
  3. How important are laws to the well-being of a community?

The Arts

Sample Questions:

  1. What can art teach us about culture?
  2. What outer factors influence how we express ourselves artistically?
  3. What themes have remained consistent in art for ages?

Language & Literature

Sample Questions:

  1. How is language used to change our thoughts or behaviours?
  2. What is the purpose of storytelling?
  3. What impact can language have on our emotions?


Sample Questions:

  1. What can a map tell us?
  2. What is the best way to share stories from long ago?
  3. How does the study of history help us understand consequences?

Science & Space

Sample Questions:

  1. What features do living things have?
  2. How do our senses help us understand the world?
  3. How has the discovery of the solar system changed history?


Sample Questions:

  1. What 2D and 3D shapes can we find in our environment?
  2. What information is important in a math problem?
  3. How do numbers help us communicate?

Personal Development

Sample Questions:

  1. How can we show kindness to one another?
  2. How can I be a positive force in my community?
  3. What is the difference between being old and being wise?

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