Reflection: Standards Alignment Exploring Oil - Section 3: Explain


I use scientific models regularly in the class. I'm happy that I can tie to one of the Next Generation Science Standard Practices in my class. But "using" a model is not the intention of my practice. The important question is "What can students do with the model?"

I use three types of models: physical models, conceptual models, and mathematic models.  I use the physical model to test and gather data as in my Designing for the Future Unit: Eco Friendly Buildings.   I use mathematic models to introduce formulas and generate data as evidenced in my lesson, Designing a Wind Turbine: Part 4

In this lesson I am using conceptual models to generate questions and I am using a physical model to generate data. I start by asking, "Why is this model not the best?"  In the movie below, my student gives her response. As the discussed the investigation, an interesting thing happened. Many groups said that oil spills occur on land as well as water and my idea was only to test in water.  In the video below you can see how I used the student ideas to create the investigation. 



  Using Models in Science
  Standards Alignment: Using Models in Science
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Exploring Oil

Unit 5: Exploring Non-Renewable Energy Sources
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT explore how the uneven distribution of oil presents environmental challenges.

Big Idea: Oil is extracted from the Earth and transported to be refined, and transported yet again as fuel. This transportation has environmental effects.

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