Reflection: Rigor Global Ocean and Atmospheric Circulation: Evaluating Models - Section 5: Fishbowls and Evaluation Protocols


Taking the time to have students evaluate a model for it's effectiveness has a huge up-side! In this lesson, students must determine if a model is an effective representation of global ocean currents after comparing the model to articles, videos, and cartoons. This opportunity for students to use multiple sources and media as evidence to support a claim provides an amazing critical thinking experience and is a method that I found to be a very successful for students to learn.

The Common Core Standards for Science and Technical Subjects asks that students. "Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic."  This standard is founded in evidence that having students compare and contrast information is an important College to Careers skill that students need to know how to do.  It is not surprising that the Common Core included this in its standards. Marzano performed a study of what he believed to be the "highest yield" strategies and he found that identifying similarities and differences had the highest impact on "enhancing students understanding and ability to use knowledge." (For more of Marzano's "High Yield Strategies", you can go here.)  Moreover, the NGSS has included in its Science and Engineering Practice 2: Evaluating Models, that students should "Evaluate limitations of a model for a proposed object or tool."  

One added benefit to this strategy is that you can insert it into any lesson easily! It is a strategy that is applicable to so many that I do. Combined with the fact that both Marzano's research, the CC standards, the NGSS, and my own experience have provided evidence of its success, evaluating models is a strategy worth implementing!

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Global Ocean and Atmospheric Circulation: Evaluating Models

Unit 9: Weather
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to explain how the rotation and uneven heating of the earth cause patterns of oceanic and atmospheric circulation.

Big Idea: Students evaluate the effectiveness of a model to represent global ocean and wind currents. Students combine information they gain from videos, demonstrations, and articles in order to find evidence to support their claim.

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