Reflection: Checks for Understanding Circuit Diagrams - Section 3: Independent Practice


In lieu of an exit ticket, I use the students' lab worksheets to monitor their understanding of the symbols of circuit diagrams. I have found that it takes students several sessions of using the symbols before they become proficient in their use. I try to provide multiple opportunities for students to create and diagram circuits to give them ample practice with the skill. 

At the conclusion of this lesson, I assess student work by checking to see that students have constructed a complete circuit, have included all elements of the circuit in their diagram, and have correctly used symbols to represent the materials they used. If the students were unable to meet any of the three success criteria, I meet with them in a small group to provide further instruction and then provide them with the chance to revise their work.

By the end of the unit, I expect to see students fluently using the symbols without referencing their electrical symbols chart.

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Circuit Diagrams

Unit 2: Electricity
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: SWBAT use electrical symbols to diagram a student-built circuit.

Big Idea: Scientists use symbols to share their work in a way that is easy to understand.

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