Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Moving Pennies - Section 4: Elaborate


It was very interesting to watch my students and stay silent as I observed their thinking. They had some very creative ideas about how they would transfer energy from one penny to another, but eventually all students discovered that they could slide a penny into another one and cause that other penny to move. Even though this is something they may have seen before or even experimented doing, when they discover that this works because of science, the pure joy on their faces is worth every cent. (no pun intended) They were also very quick to realize and show that the faster they flung the first penny, the more energy they could transfer, and thus make the other penny go further. 

 You can watch my reflection video below to hear more thoughts about why I am a true believer in inquiry and "doing" science rather than reading about science concepts. 

  Refining Ideas
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Refining Ideas
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Moving Pennies

Unit 1: Speed and Energy
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate how energy can be transferred from one object to another.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students work with pennies to develop questions and predict what happens when objects collide.

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Science, partner work, Energy, transfer of energy, drawing conclusions, justify thinking, science notebooks
  55 minutes
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