Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Constructing an Explanation of Momentum - Section 3: Using Close Reading Tools to Construct Explanations of Impulse and Momentum


We have been learning about the best practices for studying and learning physics for several weeks and have used annotation strategies earlier in the semester. I decided that it was time to give students another way to interact with an informational text. I thought this would be an easy task since students already knew how to construct explanations for physics concepts using information from an informational text. 

Many students liked that the key terms for the text were identified before they started reading and that concept maps were embedded in the text being summarized. Some students are new to the class and had not seen concept mapping; I had students at their tables demonstrate a concept map on physics. I also circled the room and asked students to show me how they create working definitions for the reading's key terms. I think that I will have students create a list of important skills for new students and post a set of instructional videos on our class Edmodo wall for new students to watch as they transition into our learning community. 

  Using A Close Reading Strategy to Improve Student Understanding of Momentum and Impulse
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Using A Close Reading Strategy to Improve Student Understanding of Momentum and Impulse
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Constructing an Explanation of Momentum

Unit 6: Momentum
Lesson 2 of 14

Objective: Students will use a close reading strategy to create infographics of real-world scenarios involving momentum.

Big Idea: Impulse is the change in momentum.

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