Reflection: Checks for Understanding Force and Motion Investigation - Section 5: Class Discussion/Wrap up


I prefer to use rubrics, like the  Forces Investigation Rubric, when students are involved in an investigation. I always go over the rubric and emphasize that part of the grade is not only how well they record data, or how neat they are, but also how well they function as a team. I find that frequently collaborating allows my students the opportunity to communicate and relate with peers that may not necessarily be in their circle of friends. So, yes, my students know that this is science class, but they also quickly realize that this is also a social setting where working together achieves better results.

  Checks for Understanding: Rubrics give a clearer assessment picture.
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Force and Motion Investigation

Unit 13: Forces
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: Conduct an investigation collaboratively on the effect of force applied on an object to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence, by using fair tests in which variables are controlled and the number of trials are considered.

Big Idea: Scientists make observations and take measurements to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence in order to explain a phenomenon.

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