Reflection: Performance Tasks Scientific Instrument Recommendations for the SCL - Section 4: Wrap Up


When I review the letters and diagrams I will be looking for the following criteria:

- 3 - 4 scientific instruments listed in the letter and depicted in the diagram with labels

- For each instrument stated, the team wrote reasons for placing the instrument where they did, with reference to their data and/or observations. 

- I am looking for words taken from the data observations, such as 'smooth landing', 'level', 'instruments stayed in place'. 'tilted'

- specific data information, such as the mass or length of an instrument

While working with the teams, I saw that sentence frames were not specific enough to illicit reasons that would tie back to data observations. So while some teams were working, I went around to scaffold a discussion so that data information could be added to their reasoning.

- At least a 2-3 step description on how to launch the SCL.

After reviewing the letters, I noted that students need more opportunities to write procedural steps. I noticed that most teams wrote at least 2 steps, but specific details were missing. I think this could be addressed when students are writing notes on how to launch the SCL when doing the SCL trials in 'Part 4". (link to lessons )


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Scientific Instrument Recommendations for the SCL

Unit 3: Unit 3 - Deep Ocean to Rocky Shore Adaptations and Submersible Designs
Lesson 9 of 12

Objective: SWBAT recommend scientific instruments for the SCL based on their observations and trials.

Big Idea: Engineers summarize their data and observations when they make their scientific instrument recommendations to Ocean Explorers of the World.

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