Reflection: Student Ownership Stream Table Set Up - Section 3: Stream Table Set-Up


While the teacher guide for the STC kit suggests that teachers set up stream tables for the students, I find that there is great value in having the student groups set up their own stream table models. Allowing students to set up their own model serves three purposes; increasing student ownership, allowing for the integration of math standards, and further underscoring the importance of scientific models as learning tools. When students create their own model, they feel strongly connected to their learning and demonstrate consistent care for the upkeep and proper functioning of their model. Allowing students to engage in the set-up process also enables me to address mathematics standards in the area of measurement. I require students to convert units of measurement and to select a system of measurement to use. I also ask students to accurately measure each soil component.   

  Student Stream Table Set Up
  Student Ownership: Student Stream Table Set Up
Loading resource...

Stream Table Set Up

Unit 4: Land and Water
Lesson 2 of 18

Objective: SWBAT describe why scientists use models, convert customary measurements to metric measurements, and construct a stream table model.

Big Idea: Scientists use models to help them conduct controlled experiments which would be hard to otherwise conduct. Scientists use standardized measurements to control variables and communicate results.

  Print Lesson
1 teacher likes this lesson
soil in stream table
Similar Lessons
Stairway to Learning! Moving Your Way to Understanding Metric Unit Conversions
6th Grade Science » Scientific Measuring and Variable Testing
Big Idea: Many 6th graders find it difficult to understand the metric system. By going outside and drawing life-size staircases with chalk, this lesson provides students with a kinesthetic way to become comfortable with metric unit conversions.
East Walpole, MA
Environment: Suburban
David Kujawski
Buckling and Bending the Earth's Surface - Weathering Day 1
4th Grade Science » Weathering Wreaks Havoc
Big Idea: Students will explore and understand that the crust of the earth is constantly moving and changing over time due to weathering processes.
Anchorage, AK
Environment: Urban
Jillian Gates
Measurement Mania - Metric Relationships
4th Grade Math » Measurment
Big Idea: In this lesson, students work with partners to determine the number of centimeters in one decimeter and one meter while discovering how to name these relationships as fractions and decimals.
Helena, MT
Environment: Suburban
Melissa Romano
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload