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Fourth graders explore energy independence.
I picked this article because energy can be a tough topic for elementary students. Energy isn't a tangible thing, so sometimes it can be difficult for students to grasp. From this article, I learned that you can use problem-based learning (PBL) to teach energy topics with real-world examples. Often times, energy is taught using some wire and a battery. This project goes above and beyond that. Some TEKS that could go along with this project are 4.6.A and 4.6.C., which explain how energy travels and the different types of energy. I agree with this article that connecting students to the real-world will increase their comprehension and spark their interest.
Hana Walsh (Palestine, TX)
The article breaks down a PBL for 4th grade that can be adapted to other grades. The articles does a great job in allowing students to explore independently the need for a state to be more energy independent. Using PBL allow the students to be scientists and figure out ways to solve the problem. To guided the students to be begin Thinking outside the box, graphic organizers like the one they use and utilizing cooperative learning helps guide them to experiments .The trail run organizer at the end is a great tool students can use to test their theories and see if their solutions might solve or not solve the problem. “Students learned about potential and kinetic energy, how energy is measured, how energy is changed but not created or destroyed, and many examples of energy being transformed”. The idea of creating a real life scenario for students to see the relevance and importance Energy can play in out lives, is one I can definitely see myself using in any grade level. You are never to young to explore solutions to problems.
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