Learning Community Inquiry Project. Lindsey Reeves TE 804 Spring 2011. Issue. Many students have trouble discussing their ideas or findings in partners or small groups while engaging in experiences with scientific phenomena . . Question.
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Where’s the science??
What properties of liquids did you observe? How are some liquids different than others?
“Look, the water turned the rocks clear!” – JM
“I think it’s crystallizing…” – GM
“What?” – ZB
“Crystallization, it’s what happens to salt when it sits in water for a little.” - GM
“Ew they are so squishy!” – ST
“Look, it’s turning the water cloudy too!” – KC
“Oh yeah. Maybe the raisin juice is going into the water.” – ST
“Maybe. I wonder if the water tastes like raisins now!” - KC
“The water turned pink!” – OR & AA
“The red on the candy is doing that.” – OR
“Yeah look you can even see the red going from the candy to the water.” - AA
Working with a partner or individually to separate corn starch, rice, mung beans, and lima beans, using three different sized screens.
What’s gonna work? TEAM WORK!
Scientific Explanation: How do the Seasons Change?
Sharing the illustrations they created with a partner to the whole class.
Scientific Phenomena + Partner/Group Talk = Science Learning & Understanding
Design the classroom to facilitate group work by using tables or grouping desks together