Engagement, Inquiry, and End Product

Describe one or more approaches that teachers can use to engage children in this unit:

  • One way for the teachers to engage the children is by having them go around the classroom, and identify solid, gas, and liquid with the objects that you put out. Another way is to have the children try and create another project that would use solid, gas, and liquid. For instance, we can have them make oblek, this is one experiment that they can do, so that they can see what a solid, gas, or liquid looks like.

Describe one or more approaches that teachers can use to engage children in each subunit strand

  • One way that teachers can engage the children in a sub-unit strand is to allow the children come up with their own recipes for hot chocolate. Another sub-unit that they can do, is to create their own solid, gas, and liquid experiment. Some examples that they can do is the following: oil and water, making lemon fizzy drink, or another experiment that they can do is, making jello.There is a lot of options when it comes to solid, gas, and liquid. All of these subunits are fun and interesting to children now-a-days.

Describe the approaches you take to inquiry. To what degree are inquires student-directed and to what degree are they teacher-directed? What types of inquiry are included (e.g. experimental, observational, and theoretical, etc)?

  • This unit has inquires that are experimental and observational. The reason they are both of those is because as a teacher, you have to show your students the experiment that they will be conducting in class. Then, as you let them go and do their own projects/experiments, you have to observe them. You have to make sure that they are being safe, not messing around, etc. Both of these inquiries are student and teacher directed. The reason being is that you can have one without the other in this unit. As well as you have to make sure that they are being safe with the material being used.

What end-product(s) will be used as one or more goals for students to work towards for this unit? - Will students be producing a video book, dramatic performance, website, and/or other type of product? You may have one big goal and several smaller ones for each sub-unit.

  • The end product that the students will be working towards for this unit is creating a book that will describe their project/experiments that they conducted. In this book, the students will draw pictures or take pictures as they are doing their projects. They will also describe the process that they went through. Also, they will explain the three phases of matter in details when they are describing the process that they did when creating their experiments. After completing this project/experiment, the students will present it to the class.
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