How do I use Inquiry Based Lessons in my classroom?

Inquiry Based Lessons build conceptual understanding of math concepts through question-asking and real-world application. They can be used in a variety of ways depending on your classroom.

Whole Class

  • Facilitate IBLs whole class, showing the video from your Teacher Home on a projector and breaking students into small groups to work through the inquiry.
  • Use the Mixed Groups function on the Groups & Matrix report to make heterogeneous groups for the IBL.
  • Circulate the room and work with various groups.
  • Have one spokesperson, or even whole groups, present their solutions to the class.

Small Groups

  • Have a small group work on an IBL on the carpet or in a designated area, gathering around one device to watch the inquiry video.
  • This method is particularly helpful when a small group of students need to review a concept or are advancing to a new concept.
  • The rest of the class can be working on Freckle on their individual devices or engaged in a lesson with the teacher.


  • If you already use centers or a workshop model in your classroom, include an IBL station.
  • Set up a device for students to access the inquiry video and a special spot for them to collaborate in the classroom.
  • At the end of the day or the end of the week—whenever all groups have moved through the IBL stations—gather for a whole class discussion on the inquiry.