Investigations constitute part of the day or week and connect learning around an important science topic for several weeks or months. Similar to the projects described in Katz and Chard’s Project Approach, Investigations are inquiry based extended studies that require children to make observations and collect data in order to answer research questions. Additionally, ACCESS includes an intentional system to track subject matter content and developmental skills.
Here is a collection of investigations carried out in the classrooms at the Bombeck Family Learning Center. Several investigation topics, experiences and materials can be found in the ACCESS Curriculum Science Kits.