Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Plaid Pete Gets Briefed! - Section 2: Focus & Motivation


Picture books are a wonderful way to engage upper elementary students - really!  In their book, Picture Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children's Books to Guide Inquiry, Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan cite four great reasons to use picture books that are well supported by research:  #1 Literature gives students a context for concepts that are often difficult and abstract; #2 Picture books often focus on topics and give more depth of coverage than standard textbooks; #3 When picture books are used, there is an increase in both reading and science skills; and #4 Picture books provide an opportunity to correct Science misconceptions.  I am always looking for great picture books to use with my Science lessons because I know they are worth their weight in gold!

And speaking of gold - Ansberry and Morgan's book is available at the NSTA website:  It's a great resource!

  Pairing Picture Books with Inquiry Science
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Pairing Picture Books with Inquiry Science
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Plaid Pete Gets Briefed!

Unit 3: Plaid Pete Engineers A Solution
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: SWBAT define and delimit the problem and constraints of a simple engineering design project.

Big Idea: How do engineers "delimit" an engineering design problem? What is a design constraint? Students get briefed with their VIP Design Portfolios, and begin the Build a Better Water Filter Design Engineering Project.

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Science, Design (Tech and Eng), design process, research and development, Science Vocabulary, science notebooks, engineering, resources
  70 minutes
2015 03 18 14 27 53
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