Reflection: Discourse and Questioning The Predictable Patterns of the Sun and the Seasons - Section 2: Engage:


Asking quality questions in science, in my opinion is key to good science inquiry.

MIT's Kerry Emmanuel stated, "At the end of the day, it's just raw curiosity. I think almost everybody that gets seriously into science is driven by curiosity." Curiosity -- the desire to explain how the world works -- drives the questions we ask and the investigations we conduct.

I have used this quote to design each of my lessons. As I am writing my lesson, my question guides the entire investigation and is the focus throughout the lesson. We come back to these questions, over and over again. 

These questions either come from the students or from me but most of the time I use creative thinking to get the students to ask the questions I am hoping for.  I know where the standards want me to go in a lesson so I don't want to move to far from our goal. If a child says, "Why does the sunrise later each day?" I will take that question and add to it. I might say, "WOW!! Did you hear that smart question?  Why does the sunrise later each day?  I bet you are wondering if this is a pattern.  Am I right?  At this point I will say, "Let's investigate that question!" All along I wanted my lesson to be focused on recognizing predictable patterns of the sun.  This question fits!  I think the secret to allow students to lead the inquiry is simply (or not so simply) knowing where you need to go and guiding the students to wonder the same thing!!

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The Predictable Patterns of the Sun and the Seasons

Unit 3: Unit 3: Celetial Patterns: The Sun, The Moon and Stars
Lesson 8 of 21

Objective: SWBAT investigate the predictable patterns of our sunrise and sunset and how it relates to our seasonal patterns.

Big Idea: The days are getting longer!! That means summer is coming! In this lesson students discover this relationship by interpreting graphs and making claims about their findings!

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