Independent Inquiry Goals vary from academic to social, physical to spiritual, and practical to whimsical. The teacher's role is only to interject suggestions when needed and provide guidance toward resources.

Many goals are not achieved, at least not as originally conceived, but it is the inquiry process involved and reflection that is important, not necessarily the result or product. If we focus on process, the products will speak for themselves.

This is the first spreadsheet gathered in the Independent Inquiry project with my Grade 4 class:

Here's an ever-growing list of goals (by students and teachers) which provoked stimulating and successful inquiries:
(links to finished products)

1 Care for the family garden
2 Make insect repellent spray
3 Create a schedule for each day of the week
4 Make bracelets
5 Fashion Design
6 Draw a doll realistically
7 Draw my hand realistically
8 Write letters to my friends
9 Knit a scarf
10 Help my sibling finish homework
11 Practice dance
12 Take photographs of nature
13 Make my bed
14 Nature drawing
15 Water plants at home
16 Make a handkerchief pouch
17 Realistically paint a leaf
18 Make a family of paper dolls
19 Help to fold laundry
20 Make pizza
21 Wear fewer clothes (to save water & electricity)
22 Make a turtleneck
23 Don't eat snacks after dinner
24 Talk as little as possible
25 Bake bread
26 Read to my younger sibling
27 Think of a goal for next week
28 Draw a realistic eye
29 Jump rope 100 times without stopping
30 Go to bed by 11 o'clock every night
31 Research about family history
32 Research about Hiroshima
33 Learn about cat varieties
34 Research about Coco Chanel
35 Draw a portrait of my sibling
36 Write a screenplay for a movie
37 Collect/make props for a movie
38 Improve my productivity as a teacher
39 Make a doll
40 Build a model house
41 Make an instructional book about how to make something
42 Research about Gene Kelly