Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Modeling Weather Fronts - Section 4: Creating Models of Weather Fronts


In this activity, it could be easy to provide students with a procedure that tells them how to create these models. However, allowing students to go through this process is important. By asking students to develop this model on their own, students have to use critical thinking skills that allow them to develop their own understanding. The process that students use to connect a key idea to a model is a great way to have students gain deep understanding of that key idea.

When questioning groups that are presenting their plans for their models, resist the urge to give the students an idea. The best way you can help students develop their understanding is to continue to help them connect to the key idea. Moreover, this is the best way for students to make a clear connection to the scientific concept the model is representing.  

  Models and Questioning
  Discourse and Questioning: Models and Questioning
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Modeling Weather Fronts

Unit 9: Weather
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to model how the interaction of air masses can result in changes in weather conditions.

Big Idea: Students develop their own way to model fronts when given a box of common materials.

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Science, Weather and Atmospheric Science, ocean, sun, middle school, weather, front, cold front, warm front, Air Mass, cloud
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