Queens High School for the Sciences
Summer Research Program for Science Teachers
paper clips. (I have noticed that
toilet tissue works best.)
Presenter: Reads out and explains the group’s answers when called upon by the teacher. The presenter may also be responsible for defending his/her group’s answers.
Clarifier: Ensures that the group is in agreement after an answer has been achieved for a question. The clarifier is responsible for even pacing, so that each student is ‘on the same page.’
Motivation: As a class, the students will put together a Know/Want to Know/Learned (KWL) chart for gravity (as a concept). I will drop a few objects to the ground—the heavier the better, and say, “What is gravity?!?”
I will then introduce the activity.
Updates and Closure: I will walk around to see how the students understand the concept. At specific intervals, I will stop the class to see where the students are as a group.
We may have discussions about common misconceptions, should they occur. At the end of the class, we will fill in the right side of the KWL chart. We will begin with the chart on the following day.
S1.1: Elaborate on basic scientific and personal explanations of natural phenomena, and develop extended visual models and mathematical formulations to represent thinking.
S2.2: Devise ways of making observations to test proposed explanations.