Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Static Electricity - Section 4: Connecting the Learning


Despite the fact that there was no written accountability for students, this was a rich, engaging and relevant lesson for students. Students were actively engaged throughout the lesson.

Students' prior knowledge was activated. They all have experienced static electricity. They like the bit of technology that shows them what they cannot see - charges moving - and helps them understand what is happening when the materials are rubbed together. The degree of challenge was just enough for students. They were able to wind the tether ball and float the plastic bag using the balloon with their own experimentation.

I do not do this type of lesson often. It is good to remind ourselves that a good question or challenge without written accountability can also be a great lesson.

  Students are Naturally Curious
  Student Led Inquiry: Students are Naturally Curious
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Static Electricity

Unit 3: Electricity and Magnetism
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate that distance effects strength of electric forces as they experiment with static electricity.

Big Idea: Can you make something move without touching it? Let the force be with you as you demonstrate forces that act at a distance.

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