Reflection: Real World Applications Building A Flashlight - Preparation Day - Section 2: Guided Investigation


Sometimes materials and time get in the way of the perfect lesson or assessment. This happened with the,"Make your own flashlight" assessment for me. I live in a remote place where electrical components are hard to find. Our one and only electrical component store was sold out, so I ordered parts online, hoping they would be here on time. Some items were back ordered so the day came for our performance assessment and I had no materials. What was I to do? Well, it also happened to be emergency preparedness month and our class was inventorying our safety backpack. I was frustrated by my lack of materials, but had an opportunity to add to our emergency discussion. We could make a flashlight for our backpack. This would be a class activity and one that taught students how to forage for materials and make something useful in the event of an emergency. It's important to remember that even when the perfect less eludes us, we can make lemonade from lemons and still provide rich learning for students.

So, we talked about the materials and we made the flashlight together. We made it out of a larger paper roll and cup so it would illuminate more area for our class. See the center image on our preparing materials powerpoint slide! 

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Building A Flashlight - Preparation Day

Unit 9: Energy is Electric!
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: Students will prepare the components to build a homemade flashlight.

Big Idea: Students will use their previously acquired knowledge to build a flashlight.

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