Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Exploring Albedo - Section 4: Explore Day 2


Running a middle school classroom that embraces open inquiry most of the time can be a challenge when teacher are pressed to work through standards and curriculum. There are some great curriculum models on the market that do this. This lesson is one that models how you can facilitate open inquiry and stay on target. 

Here are some things to consider as you plan this second part of the lesson. 

First, for the situation they choose to explore ask your students to:

  • Make a list of things you notice about the situation.
  • What questions occur to you?
  • You might begin by asking questions that start:  
    • What would happen if ....?
    •  What can I vary ...?
    • What effect will each variable have on ...? 
  • Now set yourself a problem and attempt to tackle it.  When you have experimented with the situation try to analyze your findings.  
    • What data have you collected?
    • How have you organized your data?
    • How can you explain your findings?

Then, after you have taught the lesson, take some time to reflect on what happened and the processes that were in evidence.

  • What questions were identified?
  • Did pupils use a range of representations? 
  • What relationships did they find in the situation?
  • What calculations did they do? Could they interpret the meaning of these?
  • Were they able to communicate their conclusions effectively?
  • Did your pupils feel that this was different from a normal lesson?
  • Are they now beginning to appreciate how the techniques they have studied in school may  be linked to unfamiliar situations?




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Exploring Albedo

Unit 3: Understanding Our Changing Climate: Systems Thinking & Global Warming
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT use a model to explore reflectivity of certain Earth surface materials.

Big Idea: In this lesson students experiment with different Earth surface materials to determine how reflective they are.

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