Reflection: Discourse and Questioning The Weight of the Matter - Section 4: Closing and Sharing


If your students are like many of mine, they are used to, or expect, answers quickly and certainly by the end of a lesson!  Every now and then, I like to leave them without everything neatly wrapped up in a "completed" picture. 

In this lesson, the task was fairly simple and I am setting the students up to gather precise data and then to explore its meaning. By leaving the class with an unanswered question, I am actually giving them time to let the information from the session sink in.  They are given time to explore their thinking without feeling the need to come up with the answer quickly. 

This accomplishes at least two things.  It maintains the motivation of lesson and it forces the students to begin to be okay with answers that come a little later. That patience and ability to consider strategies or possible solutions over time will serve them well all of their learning lives. 

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The Weight of the Matter

Unit 7: Matter
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to measure objects using non-standard units. They will then explore reasons to use standard units.

Big Idea: Students have not had many chances in life to measure weight, nor to explore the units of measure. As scientists, it is important to express findings in a standard way. This lesson helps students determine the why of that concept.

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