Reflection: Real World Applications Heating & Cooling of Earth's Surface (Part 1/2) - Section 1: Bell Ringer - Ask Questions


By letting students ask questions (SP#1), you are setting up a real world application of science. "Doing Science" means inquiry where students ask questions and figure out the answers. That process happens in the real world everyday!

Letting students develop their own questions leads to other questions and possible investigations. Students surprise me (in a good way) when they ask questions. Some questions are better than others and students need to practice to find that out. You could practice by writing a few bad questions, on the board or SMART board, then analyze the bad questions, and discuss how to make them better.

Set up situations where students inquire, ask questions, and try to find answers. Give them the opportunity. It's important to their learning because it's real world. You will be pleasantly surprised at their knowledge, their level of understanding, and their enthusiasm.

  Let Students Ask Questions
  Real World Applications: Let Students Ask Questions
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Heating & Cooling of Earth's Surface (Part 1/2)

Unit 6: Earth, Sun, and Moon
Lesson 7 of 12

Objective: SWBAT compare how different materials heat up and cool down at different rates and explain how that has implications for life on Earth.

Big Idea: All the surfaces on Earth absorb some of the Sun's energy and give off heat to the air as they cool - but they do it a different rates. At what rates will different materials heat up and cool down? Have your students find out!

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