Reflection: Complex Tasks Problems In Our World - Solutions - Section 1: Designing A Solution


When I first asked students to think of a problem, I was not sure what to expect. Students decided that wasting paper was a problem they could solve. The how to solve the problem became very tricky. I wanted students to think about science and how science could help solve the problem but I realized that this was a huge leap as students struggled to brainstorm ways to use science.

I stepped back and asked them what science was. They had a year of science experiences in second grade to draw from and at first, their responses were limited to technology. I asked them to think back to all that we had done this year, and then they began to think of experiments we had conducted on strength of materials, things we had learned about habitats and plants, and the scientists we had met. From here students began to brainstorm solutions, but they still were having difficulty because of the way I had posed the question about thinking how kids could use science to solve the problem. This was too complex.

I then rephrased the question and said we would make 2 categories. 1 would be solutions kids could make and the other would be solutions scientists might do. Once I broke the task down, students had less difficulty but the task was still tricky because they were being asked to come up with a new solution to a problem. 

I didn't want students to be too frustrated with the task, but I wanted them to realize that they could fix or at least pose a way to fix a problem. 

By breaking the task down, and spending time with each partnership, I was able to keep students engaged in this difficult task.

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  Complex Tasks: Not an Easy Task
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Problems In Our World - Solutions

Unit 7: Science and Our World
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT use what they know about science to propose a solution to a problem they have identified.

Big Idea: Students need to see that science has a purpose. Here they will use what they know about science to help design a solution to a problem.

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Science, Energy (Physical Science), earth, problem solving, models
  110 minutes
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