Reflection: Real World Applications How's it Popping? - Section 5: Evaluation


I teach in a diverse classroom. I have two developmentally delayed students, a couple of mono-lingual Spanish students, and two severe speech students. Because of this, I plan some lessons to give the kids an opportunity to share what they think is happening and I teach the facts followed by a chance for the kids to voice a change in their thinking. 

In this lesson, the kids are asked to state what they think happens inside the popcorn kernel to make it pop. I then read the text and explain how the popcorn kernels really pop. The kids are then given an opportunity to evaluate their original hypothesis and restate what really happens in a popcorn kernel when it gets hot. Real scientists make hypothesize, test and adjust every day. Lessons like this one give the kids a chance to do what real scientists do. 

This is a great opportunity for connecting to reading as well. I tell my kids that a hypothesis is just like when we're reading and making predictions based on evidence in a text. Some times our predictions are wrong and some times they are right, but the good news is that we can always learn new facts and make new predictions and hypotheses! As we learn, our ideas can change and our predictions/hypotheses improve. 

  Hypothesize and adjust if needed
  Real World Applications: Hypothesize and adjust if needed
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How's it Popping?

Unit 10: That's the way to plant one!
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: SWBAT explain how a popcorn kernel pops by hearing a story and watching the "pop!"

Big Idea: Young kids often think popcorn popping is magic. This lesson clears up the mystery with a scientific explanation.

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