## Reflection: Coherence The Lightbulb Just Went On! - Section 1: Getting Connected

The next section leads us to focus on the "Driving Question" is an essential focus strategy that keeps the students understanding that what they are doing has purpose. I continually challenge them to think by repeating the question as I rove and observe their progress. If students arrive at the answer too quickly and I assess that they haven't taken the time they have needed to really think about their plan, process or reasons for the success, I generate more "mini-"driving questions" , like, " Why can't you just touch the lightbulb to the battery directly and have it work?" At one point, a student said, " We better try that and see what happens," not even thinking about how that would even be possible. The point is, the student took time to accept that there might be a different direction. It also reinforces the idea that maybe the answer to the Driving Question should be tested again. Just like math problem answers that we re-check, the habit of looking again at our solutions in our science quests should be established.

The Driving Question
Coherence: The Driving Question

# The Lightbulb Just Went On!

Unit 5: Energy
Lesson 4 of 11

## Big Idea: Turn your students loose using batteries and lightbulbs so they totally explore how they can light the bulb using engineering practices and discovery.

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Science, Sound, Light, light wave, circuit, light energy, electrical energy, student driven investigation, Engineering Practices, KLEWS chart, reflection, eye, kaleidoscope
55 minutes

### Mary Ellen Kanthack

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