Social Studies

4 Unique Inquiry-Based Learning Project Ideas

Once you get the hang of inquiry-based learning, it can be tricky to come up with unique project ideas. In fact, simply coming up with an engaging and relevant idea is often the hardest part of the process. In previous...

3 Engaging Thanksgiving Inquiry Ideas to Use in the Classroom

The autumn season in North America is punctuated with holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, but the latter usually gets a gloss-over in the classroom. While many of us wouldn’t think that Thanksgiving is an opportune time for an inquiry project,...

How to Teach Controversial Issues in the Classroom

Over the past few years, my students have become more curious about the world. I teach high school students, and I’ve noticed that they are paying more attention than ever to world events, politics, and controversial issues. Sometimes their questions...

Impactful Remembrance Day Inquiry Ideas

Remembrance Day (or Veteran’s Day if you’re in the U.S) is a day to reflect on the history of those who fought and died for Canada as well as those who participated in efforts on the homefront. To remember, in...

6 Social Science Inquiry Projects for High School

Typically, inquiry learning is more popular with elementary-level learning. This is usually because there are larger chunks of time during the school day to spend on a large-scale inquiry project. As students get older, they tend to favour individual tasks...

How to Respectfully Teach Indigenous History Month

It is impossible to teach a correct and complete history of Canada without acknowledging Indigenous history. However, for many teachers, knowing how to teach Indigenous history in a respectful and accurate way can be a challenge; so how do we...

3 Insightful Cause and Effect Inquiry Project Ideas

Understanding cause-and-effect is an incredibly important skill that students need to learn in order to make sense of the patterns around them. Understanding cause and effect relationships allows students to apply logical reasoning, consider multiple perspectives, and draw informed conclusions...