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K’NEX in the Science Classroom. Virginia Rhame , NWAESC Science Specialist Shawna Williams, Farmington 4 th Grade Teacher. Introductions Agenda Goals Food for Thought. The 5-E Model. Science and Engineering Practices. Asking questions (science) and defining problems (engineering)

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K nex in the science classroom

K’NEX in the Science Classroom

Virginia Rhame, NWAESC Science Specialist

Shawna Williams, Farmington 4th Grade Teacher

Science and engineering practices
Science and Engineering Practices

  • Asking questions (science) and defining problems (engineering)

  • Design and using models

  • Planning and carrying out investigations

  • Analyzing and interpreting data

  • Using mathematics and computational thinking

  • Developing explanations (science) and designing solutions (engineering)

  • Engaging in argument

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

K 12 science e ducation




Teacher development

K-12 Science Education

Achieve Inc., 2011

A Modified 5-E Lesson

  • Engage: The 3 Pigs & The Scientific Wolf by Mary Fetzner

  • Explore: Work in Groups of 2, pick a kit, create a structure

  • Explain: Show and Tell, id where the simple machines are and how they work

  • Elaborate: ?? Any ideas??

  • Evaluate: ?? Any ideas??


  • Reflect: When/how were you doing SEP during building of model? What other skills might use of K’NEX help Ss develop?

  • Troubleshoot: How can we make sure to Ss get the most out of K’NEX? Where might we run into problems? What do we need to plan for?

  • Brainstorm (See handout): What other areas might you pull K’NEX into your SLEs?

K’NEX and a Transportation Engineering Problem

Going further with k nex creating design lesson brief see handout
Going Further with K’Nex: Creating Design Lesson/Brief (see handout)

K necting all the pieces
K’necting all the Pieces

  • Website Walk

  • Reflect

  • Reconnect to Goals

  • Please take time to complete our survey. Thanks.