Guided Inquiry Design® in Action
Elementary School
by Leslie K. Maniotes
June 2018, 147pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-6035-5
$45, £35, 40€, A62
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6036-2
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The book all elementary school educators need to implement inquiry-based learning through Guided Inquiry Design®.

This book explores Guided Inquiry Design®, a simple, practical model that addresses all areas of inquiry-based learning and sets the foundation for elementary-age students to learn more deeply.

One of three needed for district-wide implementation of GID at all levels, K-12, this book provides an introduction to an educational method that embeds information literacy into content areas and encourages students to acquire a more intimate knowledge of subjects through asking questions and conducting more thorough research.

Intended to be used alongside Guided Inquiry Design®, lessons are laid out using the GID session plan templates from Guided Inquiry Design®. Readers can implement these lessons as they are or use them as models in designing their own, similar units customized for their own local or school population and to meet relevant standards and content. Included in these lesson plans are lessons created by educators for increased student interaction that enhance the elementary educator’s ability to instruct younger students using the GID process.


  • Describes GID in the elementary school
  • Offers step-by-step instructions with tested lessons and units created by librarians and teachers
  • Includes templates for design and implementation in Grades K-5
  • Contains examples of Inquiry Tools for use in Grades K-5
  • Provides checklists for assessment of learning aligned to standards
Leslie K. Maniotes, PhD, is an education consultant and the professional developer for Guided Inquiry Design®. She is cocreator of Guided Inquiry Design® and coauthor of all of the books in the GID series as well as many professional articles on inquiry-based learning. Maniotes spent five years as an instructional coach and administrator and is a lifetime educator, with awards from her eleven years of classroom experience and as a K-12 reading specialist.


"...age-appropriate Guided Inquiry Design® lesson plans for different curriculum areas enabling deep learning and fostering students’ creative thinking and problem-solving – essential skills in a 21st century world."—Canadian School Libraries Journal, March 19, 2019
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