Reflection: Student Ownership Stream Table Set Up - Section 3: Stream Table Set-Up

 

While the teacher guide for the STC kit suggests that teachers set up stream tables for the students, I find that there is great value in having the student groups set up their own stream table models. Allowing students to set up their own model serves three purposes; increasing student ownership, allowing for the integration of math standards, and further underscoring the importance of scientific models as learning tools. When students create their own model, they feel strongly connected to their learning and demonstrate consistent care for the upkeep and proper functioning of their model. Allowing students to engage in the set-up process also enables me to address mathematics standards in the area of measurement. I require students to convert units of measurement and to select a system of measurement to use. I also ask students to accurately measure each soil component.   

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Stream Table Set Up

Unit 4: Land and Water
Lesson 2 of 18

Objective: SWBAT describe why scientists use models, convert customary measurements to metric measurements, and construct a stream table model.

Big Idea: Scientists use models to help them conduct controlled experiments which would be hard to otherwise conduct. Scientists use standardized measurements to control variables and communicate results.

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