Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Science Visitors - Section 4: Planning Our Investigation


The goal for asking scientists into our classroom is to help students understand what scientists really do and how many different types of scientists there are. I want them to develop that conceptual understanding of what science really is.

I have to be able to accept where students are at and what their understanding is. Students looked at the books and wanted to ask specific questions to that one book. My goal was to move them from the specific to the more general question. In my mind students would ask the general questions right away, but in reality most of the students asked specific questions such as "how do you make a crystal?" or "how do you know what a bone is made out of?"

I had to work with the students and help them move to the more general. I encouraged the students by saying, "that is a good question for one scientist, but is there a way to ask a similar question of all of the scientists?"

We turned a question like, "what tool is that?" to "What tools do you use?" and "how do you know what the bone is made out of? to "how do you know what the things you are using are made out of?"

Be patient and think about the conceptual understanding that you want to get to, and then figure out how to change their specific questions into  more general questions that can be used to help find out what scientists do.

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  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Accepting Student Input
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Science Visitors

Unit 1: What Do Scientists Do?
Lesson 2 of 14

Objective: SWBAT formulate questions about what scientists do, ask scientists the questions and create a summary of what they learn about what scientists do.

Big Idea: Students are expanding their ideas about what science is by talking to a variety of scientists.

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