Reflection: Modeling Mystery Box Modeling: Energy Transformations - Section 5: Modeling Energy Transformations: Mystery Box


Using a "Mystery Box" for student modeling is not only a great way for the students to practice modeling, but is very engaging for students as well.  This type of activity is hands on and student driven.  Students (and me!) love the fact that there isn't specifically one right answer.  It is so rewarding to see all of the different types of models the students think of.  They always surprise me with models I would have never thought of!  

This is a strategy that can be used in every unit, especially in physical sciences.  Put together a box of various materials and have students create their own learning by developing models of concepts.  The great thing is that there are no set materials that need to be included, just use materials you already have!  I also find that when doing these activities, kids will give me ideas of other materials I could have put in the box. I also use this strategy in my Absorption, Transmission, and Reflection: Creating Models lesson.

  Reusable Strategy: Mystery Box Modeling
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Mystery Box Modeling: Energy Transformations

Unit 5: Energy
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to identify different forms of energy and recognize that energy is conserved when it is transferred.

Big Idea: Students create models of energy transformations using pop its, whistling tubes, electromagnets, and more!

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