Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Rube Goldberg Simulations Day 2 - Section 3: Students Design, Test, and Alter Their Designs


Learning happens over time, not overnight, or within one lesson. In an NGSS classroom this means that topics need to be covered multiple times within a series of lessons and topics must be revisited, as students experience other phenomena that involve the same standards.

Additionally, connections need to be made using the Crosscutting Concepts of how certain topics relate to others. In this lesson, I am setting the stage for students to build a deeper understanding of chemical changes and how they relate to chemical energy. To delve even deeper into this students could model what happens during a chemical changes (matter breaks apart and reforms into other matter, releasing or absorbing energy).  

There are many options on how to go about teaching any of the Framework and it's important to realize that the NGSS is not curricula, rather it is what students should be able to do by the end of their studies in a certain grade span. In thateach lesson builds off the next over time and the need to drill and kill is replaced with taking our time to craft lessons that authentically promote 3-Dimensional learning.  

This is not easy and will take time, reflection and refinement, but it will result in deeper conceptual understanding. Memorizing information for the sake of getting a good grade is no longer the motivation of learning, it's about deepening understanding, making connections and applying understanding to solve problems. In this lesson, I am setting the stage for students to delve deeper into understanding the relationship between matter and energy and how that relates to engineering our future.  

  Developing Understanding Over Time
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Developing Understanding Over Time
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Rube Goldberg Simulations Day 2

Unit 4: Energy
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: SWBAT: Design a contraption that captures Jerry as he proceeds to steal a piece of cheese!

Big Idea: Engineering promotes the creative side in all of us. This lesson helps tie together energy transformations and engineering to deep understanding of the Law of Conservation of Energy.

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Science, gamification, PEOE, simulation
  50 minutes
tom and jerry
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