Reflection: Lesson Planning Data Collection: Using Metric Units & Collecting Quantitative and Qualitative Data - Section 4: Exploration


Like many of our best laid lesson plans, sometimes our reach exceeds our grasp.  In this case, students had such a hard time with the units and conversions on the metric mania sheet that we ran out of time for the exploration activity asking them to actually use the metric units.


The attached example of student work shows someone that was able to complete the work thoroughly, but this was definitely the exception to the rule.  Most students turned in work that was only half complete and I wound up having to acknowledge that I couldn't hold students accountable for work that I didn't give them time to complete.  Those students that completed the assignment therefore received extra credit.

 If I were to re-teach this lesson, I would definitely split it into two separate lessons so that both parts (metric unit conversions/using metric units to make measurements) could get their due.

  Lesson Planning: Do we really have enough time for this?
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Data Collection: Using Metric Units & Collecting Quantitative and Qualitative Data

Unit 1: The Nature of Science
Lesson 3 of 9

Objective: Students will practice making detailed observations when collecting different types of data and make conversions between metric units.

Big Idea: Both quantitive and qualitative observations provide useful data to scientists.

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Science, metric system (Science Skills), quantitative vs. qualitative data
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