Reflection: Student Ownership 4. The Compass, an Ancient Instrument Still Used in a Modern World - Section 4: Explore


Because my students struggle with creating a hypothesis, I found that by providing them with sentence frames they are better able to express the scientific thinking. I have used this as a scaffolding tool for those who needed it and then eventually, it becomes second nature.

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4. The Compass, an Ancient Instrument Still Used in a Modern World

Unit 9: Magnets an Ancient and Modern Marvel
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: Create a working compass by floating a magnetized paperclip and allowing it to rotate freely so the clip becomes lined up with Earth’s magnetic field.

Big Idea: A compass is an instrument that works because of the Earth's magnetic field.

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