Reflection: Student Ownership Atmosphere: An Envelope of Gases - Section 3: Explore


Instead of just telling students the research questions, I guide the class to come up with each question by asking: What question do you have about the atmosphere? One student says, "I want to know what that atmosphere is." I then restate this question into question #1 on the poster: What is the atmosphere and why is it... (students say, "important!) ... important? 

What else do you want to know about the atmosphere? After a few students share, one student says, "What is the atmosphere made of?" Again, I simply change the wording a bit as I write question #2: What gases are in the atmosphere? 

If you want to know about the GASES in the atmosphere, what other states of matter might you want to learn about? A student says, "What about the solids and liquids in the atmosphere?" Then, I write question #3: What solids and liquids are in the atmosphere? 

By guiding students to come up with the questions, I am also supporting my students' abilities to drive the inquiry process. 

  Guiding Student Research Questions
  Student Ownership: Guiding Student Research Questions
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Atmosphere: An Envelope of Gases

Unit 3: Earth Systems
Lesson 11 of 16

Objective: SWBAT construct a poster to describe the atmosphere and explain how the Earth's systems interact in the atmosphere.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students research the atmosphere and create a poster to describe this system. Then, students will examine how the all of the Earth's spheres interact in the atmosphere.

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