Reflection: Lesson Planning Water is Cool, Day Two - Section 2: Predicting Practice and Experimentation


I thought about giving them the directions for all of the experiments and have them just work on completing each of them. I have a very competitive class and this makes work more about finishing than quality. Instead I am giving them all the materials so that they can read the directions, set up the lesson, and then work together on the experiment. I will then debrief quickly after each experiment and pace the experiments so that the groups are working on the same ones at the same time. 

One great thing that worked out, was how much time students discussed and included each other in decision making. The video represents how students managed conflict resolution within their group. They all had a different amount of pennies they felt would work as the prediction. In the video, a student comes up with idea of rounding and trying to compromise by finding a number that is close to all of their predictions. 

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Water is Cool, Day Two

Unit 4: Water and Weathering
Lesson 2 of 17

Objective: SWBAT predict and experiment with water in a variety of ways to understand cohesion and adhesion.

Big Idea: By understanding the force and attraction of water students will be able to understand why water acts the ways it does. These fun experiments are a great way to open a unit on water because they almost seem magical.

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Science, Collaboration Strategies, Motion, watershed, water table, ocean, weathering, water, Cohesion, Adhesion, molecule, rivers
  65 minutes
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