Reflection: Student Grouping Building Series Circuits - Section 1: Introduction


Because I have two different grades this year, I am especially mindful of how I build my groups.  I try to have one 3rd grade girl, one 4th grade girl, one 3rd grade boy, and one 4th grade boy at each table.  This way they each hear from a variety of diverse perspectives, and the younger students have models of expectations.  Of course, the numbers don't always work out that way, so some groups are off balance, and some tables have 5 members.

Because the work with the wires is up close, I wanted to have groups no larger than three.  This way everyone had a fair shot at being involved, and I could place the students who don't have the patience to wait for 4 other people into smaller groups for more time hands on.

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Building Series Circuits

Unit 5: Electricity and Magnetism
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: SWBAT wire a circuit with more that one bulb in a series, and demonstrate knowledge of electricity flow by describing what happens when a bulb is removed.

Big Idea: What are the characteristics of a series circuit?

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