Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge How do we stay on the Earth? - Section 2: Engage


Although it is a simple task, having students make predictions is a great strategy to allow for them to connect with prior knowledge, it allows them to be OK with making mistakes, and it also is a good tool to open up discourse in the classroom. For this lesson I asked the students to make predictions and to support their reasoning for their predictions and then share them with a partner during a "Think-Pair-Share".

After  demonstrating the activity it's good to check back with the students to see how well they predicted what would happen and to ask them why their prediction might have been right or wrong. We continue to check with their predictions and notice that there is a pattern with the dropping of objects. Students even decide that they want to try dropping objects that are different to see if the pattern continues (it does with most objects unless they have a much different shape- for example a piece of paper and a pen will fall at different rates.)

  Making Predictions
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Making Predictions
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How do we stay on the Earth?

Unit 3: Gravity
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT describe why and how we are able to stay on the Earth.

Big Idea: The concept of gravity has many components and student are always curious about why we are able to stay "grounded".

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