How can changing laws change people's attitudes? What makes an answer exact? How do writers make characters heroic? This time-saving resource is packed with hundreds of big questions that dig deep into the key topics taught in grades 4 to 8--from animal habitats to literary genres to the Constitution. Organized by curriculum area and topic, these essential questions help teachers and students begin rich inquiry studies, focusing on the core ideas and understandings that anchor each discipline. Covers 40 topics in math, language arts, science, and social studies. For use with Grades 4-8.