Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Circuits: A Probe for Prior Knowledge Becomes a Lesson - Section 3: Students in Action


Checking for student mastery of  previous standards helps define the trajectory of new learning. New learning is best remembered when you can attach it to prior knowledge. 

With this lesson, I quickly learned that my students did not have sufficient prior knowledge to build upon. Checking for prior knowledge helps avoid unnecessary frustrations for myself and my students. The lesson for electric motors and electromagnets are designed for student data collection and observation. Not knowing how to set up the experiments would frustrate students and hinder our data collection.

  Assessing and Creating Prior Knowledge
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Assessing and Creating Prior Knowledge
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Circuits: A Probe for Prior Knowledge Becomes a Lesson

Unit 3: Electricity and Magnetism
Lesson 1 of 3

Objective: SWBAT explain how to make a simple series circuit using only a bulb, a wire and a battery.

Big Idea: The challenge is to find four ways to light the bulb with the wire and battery. Can you tell me where the wires from the bulb terminate inside the threaded portion?

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