Experiences, Patterns, and Explanationsby: Kristin L. Gunckel

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In an activity sequence that took place over several days, the class learned about sound and how people hear sounds. Following each activity, students engaged in whole-group sharing sessions and individual journal-writing sessions that were designed to help them see the patterns that emerged from their explorations. The activities were carefully chosen to illustrate these patterns using the Experiences-Patterns-Explanations (EPE) model of science. In this article, the author describes how EPE can be used to help students connect explanations to patterns in experiences.

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  • on Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:05 PM

This article is a great match for the most recent NGSS webseminar on Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns. The author does a good job of explaining the importance of using patterns noted within experiences to teach science concepts. I especially like the suggestion of applying experience prior to explanation in learning science. This article will help clarify the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts in relation to patterns.

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

  • on Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:55 AM

This article emphasizes letting students experience science before trying to learn facts. They should look for patterns and then form explanations. The article deals with sounds experiences that it mentions, but never describes in detail how to do them.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Sun May 08, 2011 6:19 PM

This article focuses on using direct experiences with different phenomena to identify patterns that can form explanations. It is very similar to a 5E model of learning where students have experience with a phenomena before attempting to make sense of the experience. I wish this article had included more of an emphasis on the sense making piece with students, as I feel this is typically the most challenging part of an inquiry based lesson. Although this article is about a sound lesson, the author provided a link to examples of this idea with other content areas as well.

Kate  (Louisville, CO)
Kate (Louisville, CO)

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