Reflection: Student Communication Fishy Mixture Water Quality Inquiry Lab (Part 1/4) - Section 4: Explore

 

This portion of the lesson can determine how the entire experience will go for students. It is very important to establish group norms and expectations from the beginning of this collaborative work. I find the investment of time for establishing jobs within the group at this point very rewarding, so that all students are able to participate on some level. I facilitate this process as a concrete and organized part of the process by requiring groups to have a planning meeting and write out what each student is responsible for.

This portion of the lesson needs to be framed within the idea of "Exploration". The activities can drag on if the spirit of inquiry wanes. I keep this spirit alive through enthusiastic conferencing with groups and inserting nuggets of engagement to get them thinking, like, "What would happen if you swam in the creek?" Specific time objectives also help to keep the pacing of the lesson. For example, I use a timer for both explorations to keep the pacing of the lesson moving. For example, groups have 10 minutes to decide on jobs, 20 minutes to read or access resources; 10 minutes to complete organizer; and 15 minutes to share and edit organizer. The amount that you structure these activities for your students depends on your classroom, but I have found that some level of structure keeps the lesson pacing tighter and gives you more control over working with groups that need more guidance.

  Establishing Norms & Expectations
  Student Communication: Establishing Norms & Expectations
Loading resource...
 

Fishy Mixture Water Quality Inquiry Lab (Part 1/4)

Unit 7: Physical and Chemical Changes
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT identify, classify and separate different types of mixtures based on physical and chemical properties of matter.

Big Idea: Students explore how complicated mixtures are all around us, affecting us in ways we rarely think about. While some mixtures help us, they may harm the environment.

  Print Lesson
13 teachers like this lesson
screen shot 2014 08 06 at 2 32 27 pm
 
1
2
3
4
Similar Lessons
 
Density of Gases
8th Grade Science » Heat Transfer and Interactions of Matter
Big Idea: This investigation uses a simple method that allows for capturing the gas released from a chemical reaction to help students determine the density of the released gas.
  Favorites(49)
  Resources(14)
Brookline, MA
Environment: Urban
Ryan Keser
 
Decomposing Sucrose
7th Grade Science » Chemistry
Big Idea: Sugar is carbon and water?
  Favorites(28)
  Resources(14)
Hope, IN
Environment: Rural
Deborah Gaff
 
Who Doesn't Love Bacon?
6th Grade Science » Chemistry and Cooking
Big Idea: Why does bacon smell so delicious when cooked? It's all about diffusion! Students will learn the science behind this irresistible breakfast treat!
  Favorites(2)
  Resources(14)
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
Melodie Brewer
 
 
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload
details
close