The Mitten Problemby: Francis Eberle, Page Keeley, and Lynn Farrin

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about sources of heat energy. The probe is designed to find out whether students believe an insulating object, like a mitten, produces its own heat. Their explanations reveal whether they can differentiate between a heat source and an object affected by a heat source.

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  • on Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:04 PM

This probe is outstanding to address the need for heat source. Be careful of showing the illustration (thermometer bulb pointing out instead of in). I would recommend removing the illustration and replacing it with your own set up, then let students conduct the experiment themselves. Outstanding for creating discourse. Have students experiment with hats and scarves too!

Karen  (Pleasanton, CA)
Karen (Pleasanton, CA)

  • on Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:36 PM

This author has created many formative assessments probes and this is another one of my favorites. First you administer the probe to assess students preconceptions, then you are given discussion points and activity ideas to help students understand their misconception.

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

  • on Wed May 04, 2011 8:40 PM

An excellent question to ask students. I like how the probe looks at the alternative conception that students may have. My only wish is that they would fix the picture associated with the probe. The thermometer in the mitten has the testing end sticking out of the mitten instead of inside the mitten.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

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