Reflection: Backwards Planning Science Fair - Selecting and Defining the Topic - Section 3: Students in Action

 

I know that the extra step of each student sharing their experiment overview is time consuming but I sincerely believe that in the end it saves me a great deal of time.

First the students benefit from the review. Hearing sample questions, controls, independent and dependent variables helps students remember the meanings of these sections of their experimental design.

The students also share questions they have about the experiment. We encourage students to phrase the question as an I wonder... statement. I wonder how you will select a "passenger" for your parachute? I wonder what types of materials parachutes are really made out of? This discourse provides student with questions to help guide the research needed for their hypothesis and background research report. I do not have students floundering when given time to do research in class because they already have a nice list of starter questions.

The bonus for me is that I do not have to collect and read all the papers. We have corrected any mistakes, filled in any blanks and verified student thinking as a class!

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Science Fair - Selecting and Defining the Topic

Unit 12: Science Fair
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT develop an overview of their planned science fair experiment.

Big Idea: What am I going to do for science fair?

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