An Inquiry-Based Science Activity: Floating-Sinking- Staying Between the Surface and Bottom
Keywords:inquiry-based learning, respiratory systems, floating-sinking-staying in between surface and bottom
The inquiry-based learning (IBL) approach is at the core of contemporary science education programs
and aims to enable students to conduct research. In this study, an IBL activity was developed based on
scientific concepts related to the respiratory systems of fish and scientific investigation skills. The
developed activity was implemented for 2 hours in a 7th grade classroom of a public school. Data was
collected through classroom observation, student worksheets, and semi-structured interview with the
teacher following the lesson. Data analysis revealed that the activity was successfully implemented.
The activity is a good resource for teachers who want to engage their students in IBL activities, seek
materials that support students’ scientific investigation skills, and want to support students’ conceptual
learning of scientific concepts. The general structure of this activity and how it involves inquiry-based
learning provides an exemplary practice for the practitioners and researchers in the field.