Reflection: High Quality Task Conservation of Energy & Energy Transfer - Section 4: Connecting the Learning


Playing is a great way for children to learn about their world. I am frequently surprised when my students share that they have never played with building materials or even toy cars and tracks.

Students will be asked to design an experiment at the end of this unit. In order for students to develop and execute a high quality experiment they need some prior experience with the materials they will be expected to use. 

I often give students an opportunity to play with materials before they are asked to conduct a formal experiment. They take time to see how the track works, which toy car they like best, and what happens when you change the surface. 

We call this sandbox time in my classroom. Sandbox time is a chance to explore the materials in a way that relates to the current learning in the classroom. Students are responsible for learning by inquiry - how does this work, what questions can I answer using these materials?

When it is time to conduct an experiment, students have the background knowledge they need to ask a question and systematically proceed to find an answer.

  Preparing the Students for High Quality Tasks
  High Quality Task: Preparing the Students for High Quality Tasks
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Conservation of Energy & Energy Transfer

Unit 6: Energy, Force & Motion
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT explain that energy is neither created or destroyed but transformed and accounted for.

Big Idea: What happens when friction is added to the skate park?

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