Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Density of Solids and Liquids - Section 5: Explain


How do you have students share data?

I have tried several approaches to having students share out data from calling out their results, to chart paper to posting online but the one method I like best is to project a spread sheet and have students practice entering their data into a program like Excel. They get practice both a tool (software), checking their results and communicating with their peers. 

I have also found it beneficial although more time consuming to compile multiple classes of data, graph the dat and then have a class discussion of results with the larger sample. Students benefit from this as well as the larger sampling group usually gives us results closer to what the actual values should be.


One of my students entering her data. 

  Looking at Class Data
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Looking at Class Data
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Density of Solids and Liquids

Unit 1: Heat Transfer and Interactions of Matter
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to measure the density of solids (regular and irregular shapes) and liquids.

Big Idea: A tried and true lesson for introducing or reviewing how to measure the density of solids and liquids.

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