Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Static Sorting - Section 4: Discussion and Notes


Instead of taking all the fun away from the students, a model of what the experiment's expectation and what happens can happen after student explore. I chose to model afterward to allow the class to critically think through and problem solve without any help from me. I model at the end in case some groups did not get to see the pepper jump onto the spoon. This also gives the class a comparison to go off of an judge how their group handled the problem. If I had time, I would have let the groups fill out an evaluation of the work they did and ask them to compere their results with mine. 

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Static Sorting

Unit 3: Magnets, Energy and Assessment
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT sort salt and pepper using static electricity.

Big Idea: To further develop student's understanding of static electricity, we are going to conduct a sorting experiment using wool, salt, and pepper.

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Science, static electricity, Magnetism, energy transfer, Energy, Magnets
  30 minutes
salt pepper
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