In my science classroom we pause often during our investigations to discuss some basic concept questions. There is always many questions that I want my students to reflect on and answer so I often create a simple PowerPoint presentation with these questions. These basic concept questions I often don't include but try to ask throughout or following an investigation. To help me ensure that I ask these concept questions I've decided to write them down on some jumbo popsicle sticks.
Science Concept Questions:
- What safe practices and safety equipment will need to be/were used in this investigation?
- What is the variable? What elements of the investigation need to remain constant? Why?
- What is/was the question being investigated?
- What is/was being measured to determined the outcome?
- What tools will be/were used for measurement?
- What equipment and technology might be/was used? Why were those pieces chosen?
- How will you/did you collect and record your data?
- What can we do to increase the reliability of these results?
- How is combining each groups' data similar to repeating the investigation? How does this help make our conclusion valid?
- How can we/did we communicate our conclusion?
I plan to place these concept question sticks in a cup and having students draw one to answer. These would work well during think-pair-share time. Also, if you have many table groups (like I do) each group could draw a stick and report their answer to the class collectively.
Happy August everyone! The countdown is on and slight panic is setting in!
- 11 days until my birthday
- 20 days until I'm officially back at work
- 22 days until Meet the Teacher Night
- 26 days until the first day of school
- 29 days until some Fightin' Texas Aggie Football!