Reflection: Relevance Sharkweek! Using a Popular Television Series to Develop Science Inquiry Skills and Vocabulary - Section 4: The Classroom Flow: The Students' Turn to Create!

 

Students really respond to the use of Mythbusters as a way to connect science processes to science vocabulary.  The show is very popular and is shot here locally in the Bay Area, which just adds to the experience; in fact, when I say that we are going to start the class watching a five minute clip from the show, kids cheer, every single year!  

Another benefit is that the show gets kids feeling comfortable enough to respond to questions in class based upon their own expertise and experience.  This type of confidence and connection to personal experiences supports my goal of cultivating student voices in our classroom.  

Check out my short video about potential adjustments in how I use the clip for next year.

I would love to hear what Mythbusters clip you and your student enjoy most!

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Sharkweek! Using a Popular Television Series to Develop Science Inquiry Skills and Vocabulary

Unit 2: Unit 2: The Science of Biology
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Objective: Students will be able to link the vocabulary of science inquiry to real world examples of science research.

Big Idea: What does science inquiry look like in real life? Students will analyze a Mythbusters experiment linking color to shark food preferences and then create their own experiment using our science inquiry vocabulary

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