Why Static Clingsby: Laurie Naab and David Henry

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Using Wiggins and McTighe’s (1998) concept of Big Ideas, the authors planned and designed an electricity investigation to address common student misconceptions about static electricity. With Styrofoam plates and transparent tape, elementary students investigated many properties of electrically charged and uncharged objects in a 5E learning cycle model (engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate). Students were encouraged to make predictions throughout the investigations. In doing so, they were forced to focus when making observations and were more likely to recognize and change their misconceptions.

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  • on Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:56 PM

In this classroom, a formative assessment was administered through a science discussion and the teacher was able to identify students' misconceptions about static electricity. A hughe misconception is tha static electricity and magnetism are the same thing. In order to change student thinking, the author set up a series of small investigations that would allow students the opportunity to change their understanding and leav the misconceptions behind.

Kathy Renfrew  (Barnet, VT)
Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT)

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