Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Day 5: Roller Coaster Tracks - Section 3: Explore


During this video, Student Making a Elbow Turn, a student explains the importance of placing an "end cap" on one of the tracks to change the direction the marble is headed. She is comfortable constructing the elbow turn on her own following the demonstration. 

Today's lesson is a perfect example of how important it is to build a staircase of complexity by providing directions in comprehensible chunks. If I had to teach this lesson again, I would teach it using the same scaffolded process. Depending on the group of students and their stamina, I might break this lesson up by providing 4 demonstrations one day and 4 demonstrations the next. 

  Staircase of Complexity: Providing Directions in Comprehensible Chunks
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Day 5: Roller Coaster Tracks

Unit 1: Gravity
Lesson 14 of 19

Objective: SWBAT use the Engineering Method to design a paper roller coaster.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will construct an example of each track type, including turns, zig-zags, and jumps, for their roller coaster models.

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Science, engineering, roller coasters, engineering method
  90 minutes
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