Day: November 20, 2018 (page 1 of 1)

Topic 8: Electricity and Magnetism

Magnet Activity #1

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show what items can be magnetic and a visual of the magnetic field with the iron filings.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by asking students what type of items they think are magnetic and test them out.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with understanding the magnetic fields.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

The only thing I would really change is to have the students brainstorm on what they think would be magnetic instead of just giving a bag full of items to test out.

  • Scientific principle

Magnetism.

Electromagnet & Loudspeaker Activity #2

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to demonstrate electromagnetism and the key components that you would need to make an electromagnet.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by explaining what an electromagnet is and how we can make one. I would then have my students make an electromagnet with the given supplies.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with wrapping the wire around the nail. I also see students having difficulty with getting the speaker to work correctly.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would have the students try wrapping the wire around different objects to see if that would create an electromagnet.

  • Scientific principle

Electromagnetism.

 

Topic 7: Solar System

Phases of the Moon Activity #1

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was demonstrate how we see the different phases of the moon and to show how the moon rotates on its axis and rotates around Earth.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by asking students how they think we see different phases of the moon and have a visual demonstration.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see the difficulty with the names of the phases and when they are demonstrating with the flashlight and styrofoam ball, it might be difficult for the students to stay really still to see an accurate representation.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I wouldn’t change anything because this is a great visual for the students and this is something that would really help with learning the phases of the moon.

  • Scientific principle

Phases of the Moon.

Earth’s Seasons Activity #2

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show how the tilt of the Earth has everything to do with what seasons we experience.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by explaining the different seasons and having the students stand up and model this.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with understanding equinox and solstice.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I wouldn’t change anything because this is a great visual for the students and this is something that would really help with learning how and why we have seasons.

  • Scientific principle

Seasons, summer and winter solstice, and fall and spring equinox.

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