Reflection: Student Ownership Penguin Homes - Section 3: Students in Action


Students built and tested their penguin homes. Data was collected and posted. Then I asked students to evaluate the data. How are we going to select the best design for penguin homes? How do we know which home is the most efficient in protecting penguins from the heat?

Students took a few minutes to talk among themselves. There were several ideas shared. Students discussed the pros and cons of each idea and then decided upon the solution outlined in the Students in Action section of the lesson. 

I had a similar idea in mind in case the student needed some help developing a solution. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they really did not need my help. The ideas, discussion and proposed solution were all developed by the class.

Students in my class often comment that they feel trusted. I love that my students are engaged and empowered to own their learning.

  Students Determine Best Design
  Student Ownership: Students Determine Best Design
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Penguin Homes

Unit 10: Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT design and construct prototype homes that will keep penguin shaped ice cubes safe from different types of heat transfer.

Big Idea: Using data collected as scientists, students will work as engineers using the engineering design process to build and test prototype homes for penguins.

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