Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Types of Forces - Section 3: Explore


To help students grapple with the many types of forces mentioned in the reading selection, I implemented the strategy close reading strategy.  Close reading is a strategy designed to help students develop their comprehension skills and deepen their understanding with complex ideas by engaging them in the text throughout the assignment. It involves reading with a purpose, which requires students to reread by focusing on specific ideas, concepts, or words presented by the author.  The idea of this strategy is to help students identify evidence within a text to support complex questions or statements that require them to analyze and justify

At different points during the reading I give them a task like highlighting main ideas or finding certain words in the text.  I also have them read a paragraph on their own with a question given to them like, "What does friction do to an object?" This type of close reading is beneficial for them to develop some reading skills and allows me to check in with some students reading on their own so I can make sure they are on task, understanding what they are reading, and grasping the main ideas of types of forces.

  Close Reading in Science
  Grappling with Complexity: Close Reading in Science
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Types of Forces

Unit 6: Forces and Motions
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT distinguish between different types of forces.

Big Idea: Students will participate in stations to experience different types of forces.

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