Lesson Brief – Book Report/Review Example
The lesson plan I found and liked most was on the topic of friction and how it affected the inertia of an object. The lesson was divided into several sections that facilitated inquiry based learning. The lesson begins with students dividing into cooperative groups and making a prediction about the amount of friction different surfaces will provide when a wooden block is dragged across them. The prediction is an important part of inquiry because the students are self-generating the questions they want to answer.
The next part of the lesson plan then describes the procedure for the experiment. This lesson plan is not pure inquiry, because students are given a structure that will allow them to test the prediction they made. They do not need to devise their own means of testing, which is appropriate because I will be using this in a 7th grade classroom. Devising their own method of testing might be too much for students of this age simply because they are not familiar with all of the tools available to scientists (such as digital spring scales) that could be used as a part of the experiment. What is outstanding about this section of the lesson is the fact that students are actually doing an experiment instead of just reading about it (Anderson, 2002). This is a hallmark of inquiry-based learning in the science classroom.
Students record their data and then use it to draw conclusions about their predictions. Again, this is an important step in inquiry learning in the science classroom, because this is where the student attempts to construct meaning from the data.
In this lesson, I would provide structure support for learning support students by providing them with a graphic organizer for the recording of their data. I would also include some thinking prompts to help all of the student with the analysis of their recorded data. Gifted and advanced students would be challenged with questions that caused them to apply their new knowledge in hypothetical situations, for example, they could be asked which surface they feel would be best used as a sliding board on a playground or an airport runway.
Anderson, R. (2002). Reforming Science Teaching: What Research Says About Inquiry. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1-12.
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