Reflection: High Expectations Mystery Tube - Section 5: Using Observations to Promote Argumentation


As you're probably beginning to see, the NGSS is all about putting kids ideas at the helm of their own learning.  Facilitating learning opportunities that harness your students' potential can be frustrating, as answers don't come quickly.  But that's just it -- it's not about answers, it's about the process of developing ideas.  

Science classes need to be more about the process of developing ideas and less about getting the right answer.  Asking students the questions above will help them evaluate their ideas (mental models) and turn them into physical models that are based on evidence collected through investigations.  

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Mystery Tube

Unit 1: NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and the Nature of Science
Lesson 11 of 11

Objective: SWBAT observe how the tube functions in order to create a physical model that replicates the outcome.

Big Idea: Models help us understand science, often changing as we learn more about a topic. The mystery tube helps students develop an understanding of the nature of science by using indirect observations to help explain how the tube might work.

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Science, Scientific Method (Science Skills), observations, Powerful Questions, engineering
  50 minutes
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