Reflection: Learning Communities Super Bowl Science....Which ice cube is best? - Section 3: Explore

 

When they came to the phase of weighing the ice cubes, one group had an in depth conversation about why, how, and what should be done in the process. I never once had to intervene, prompt, clarify or direct this group. They took the lead and handled the entire investigation on their own.

I was incredibly impressed with the high level of thinking the students were able to articulate with each other.  They spoke respectfully and even questioned each others thinking and built upon the statements of each other. The children did a great job of engaging in respectful argument with evidence and opinions during this phase (SP7). 

It was quite uplifting to say the least.  I felt that this was really the ultimate in what teachers hope for in their students. To become independent learners.  

 

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Super Bowl Science....Which ice cube is best?

Unit 5: Unit 5 - The Science of the Polar Regions
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: SWBAT set up an investigation to determine which ice cube will remain the coldest.

Big Idea: The Super Bowl is here and everyone is coming over!! Which ice cube will be the best to use to keep the football watchers drinks cold, so you don't miss the big game?

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