Reflection: Lesson Planning Designing a Solar Car Part 1 - Section 2: Design Problem


In the Book, Understanding by Design, the authors outline a fantastic way to plan units and lessons. Called Backward design, the framework begins with content standards written as learning targets. The Next Generation Science Standards make this easy because they are written as learning targets.

Using the targets as guides, I design assessments. This lesson is problem-based so I designed my assessment around Exit Slips, Reflections, Assessment strategies and rubrics.  Thinking about my assessments helped me determine how I wanted to create my lessons. It made the unit go so easily because I had a deliberate plan for understanding student learning. 

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Designing a Solar Car Part 1

Unit 9: Designing for the Future: Designing a Solar Car
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT design and test a solar car in an effort to any the question, "Can solar cars be the transportation of the future?"

Big Idea: The reliance of fossil fuels for transportation has become a global issue. Is solar energy a great hope for the transportation industry? Students design and test the a solar car to determine how the design of the car has an effect on its performance.

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