Time for a Changeby: Florence McCann, Katie Millsap-Shobert, Sherland Ann Schmidt, and Carell Falsarella

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Fifth graders in Mrs. Caldwell’s class would soon experience a “change” as they made the transition from elementary to middle school. Participation in classroom inquiry investigations and schoolwide science enrichment events had already developed students’ enthusiasm for science; here was an opportunity to solidify that enthusiasm. Guest science teachers—two preservice elementary teachers and their instructor from a local university—would teach a science lesson on phase changes to communicate to these soon-to-be middle school students the message that “science is cool.” Additionally, understanding phase changes (especially water) is an important concept for understanding weather phenomenon.

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  • on Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:00 PM

When a teacher has the opportunity to invite a couple of preservice teachers and their university instructor to her fifth grade science class, children become engaged in heat transfers through the use of a stations approach. This lesson is full of great surprises and unique activities to excite elementary-aged students. It uses the 5 E inquiry lesson model and some best practice strategies are incorporated into the delivery of this science lesson. Among them are accessing prior knowledge and utilizing team roles. A sample student worksheet for the ‘Concept Invention’ is included. It is necessary to purchase specialty materials like hand warmer packets, nitinol memory wire, and copper wire in order to complete some of the station activities.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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