Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Is It Science? - Section 4: So Was It Science?


In this lesson students were asked to decide if the activities they did were science or not. They had to be able to share a reason with their peers. Because it is only the first week of school, some students were ready to share, but others did not know how to come up with a reason. They rated each activity as science or not, but when sharing with peers they said things like, "I don't know I just didn't think it was science." or "It wasn't science."

I could see the diverse entry points for my students in their understanding of how they can explain their thinking. Some students were able to come up with a reason. The student in the video A Student Response says, "It is science because I had to take yours apart and build something new and then put it back together again so I know it was science." She had strong verbal skills and was able to explain her own thinking.

For those who could not, I know that a next step will be to break the explanations of thinking down to simpler steps. I will ask a series of questions that students can answer. In this case I might have said, "Did it remind you of another subject we do in school?" "Have you ever done anything like this in science before?" These questions can help students to begin to define their own reasoning. 

I did not expect students to be able to really explain their thinking at the beginning of the year, but this discussion has given me a baseline from which to build future experiences.

  Diverse Entry Points: Reasoning At The Beginning of the Year
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Is It Science?

Unit 1: What Do Scientists Do?
Lesson 1 of 14

Objective: SWBAT describe what they think science is

Big Idea: Many students think of chemistry as science, but science is so much more and students need to broaden their understanding of science before engaging in science activities.

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