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Inquiry at the Window: The Year of the Birds
by David Whitin and Phyllis Whitin
|Grades||K – 8|
This science inquiry in a fourth-grade classroom affirms the importance of observation, questioning, reading, and writing to the inquiry process.
Whitin, David J. and Phyllis E. Whitin. "Inquiry at the Window: The Year of the Birds." Language Arts 73.2 (February 1996): 82-87.
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