Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Bubblegum Blast - Section 2: Preparing and Pondering


Sometimes as we teach a lesson we realize that the vocabulary might be a bit difficult or a word might need to be explained. I do this often as I teach and realize that I had better slow down and teach the vocabulary that I am using. 

In the case of this lesson, I realized that I had used two lofty vocabulary words and that I needed to clarify their meanings with the class. The words in this lesson were property and consumer. They are vocabulary words that are connected to this lesson specifically. The word consumer is not planned for any future lessons and so teaching it with other science vocabulary is not appropriate.

When I teach words like property and consumer, I go over the word explain and I tell the class why I chose this word. I further explain how it fits better into what I am about to do. During the course of the lesson, I encourage students to try and use these two words while they work. The more they practice them in context, the more likely they are to learn and really use them later. 

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Bubblegum Blast

Unit 1: Opening Science
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: SWBAT practice and implement the steps of the scientific process by working through each step and by collaborating while collecting data.

Big Idea: Gum is not allowed at school and this activity makes breaking this rule for one day so fun. Students will practice the steps of the scientific method by formulating which bubblegum will blow bigger bubbles. This lesson also focuses their attention on data

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