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Capstone #2-Choosing a main inquiry question, and sub questions

It was really hard to choose a main inquiry question, because there were so many thoughts going through my mind, all at once! I had SO many questions! Before I could even raise my hand, a rubric was handed out. This rubric rated our questions on a scale of one to four, four being the best. There was also a criteria for each level of questions. I looked at my question, “how have coral reef fish evolved over the years”, and realized that my question was only a level three question, and even though it was okay, it wasn’t the best that I can do. After a lot of thought, I decided that having a comparison question was THE BEST way for me to ensure that my main inquiry question is a level four question. My main inquiry question is “How does the health of fish in aquariums compare to the health of fish in coral reefs?

Choosing my sub questions was a really tough process. I ended up having to combine a few questions. My teacher said that our sub questions can’t just be yes or no questions, but they shouldn’t take a million hours of research to answer. Our sub questions should be related to your main question, and your sub questions should help you answer your main question. These are my sub questions:

  1. What is the lifespan of  captive fish compared to the lifespan of fish in coral reefs?
  2. What are the pros and cons of fish living in coral reefs?
  3. What are the pros and cons of fish that are living in aquariums?
  4. How are fish affected when they are caught from the wild, and put in aquariums?
  5. Which aquariums ensure good health for fish that come from coral reefs?
  6. How can we improve the health of fish, living in each habitat?




Capstone #1-Choosing a Topic

When we started capstone, I automatically knew that I wanted to do something about the ocean. This is because I really enjoy researching it, and it interests me. When it was time to narrow down our topics, I had NO idea what to do. Since the Ocean is such a broad topic, I didn’t know what to do! So, I thought about different questions related to the Ocean, and thought about what kind of research I had to do to answer. I finally decided that I wanted to do my capstone on Coral Reefs. That was how I chose my topic.