Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Citizen science, Student design - Section 3: EXPLORE: Points of divergence, points of convergence


An attempt to play Rumors to surface students' current understanding is a fun and engaging way to conduct a formative assessment.  Students may initially be reluctant to engage in the process, so enthusiastic teacher modeling will be very helpful.  I like to use connections that surface to group students and develop questions for whole group discussions.  Additionally, I will publicly display the results from this activity throughout the remainder of the unit.

  Diverse Entry Points: Interactive understanding
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Citizen science, Student design

Unit 2: Citizen science, Student design
Lesson 8 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to: 1) describe similarities and differences between the scientific method and the engineering design process; and 2) develop a model illustrating the complementary aspects of both processes.

Big Idea: This is the "thesis" lesson for this unit. Design answers the so what? and what now? questions students have about scientific research. How might we explicitly connect science research with design thinking?

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