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ERIC Number: EJ878124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Potato Problem Solving
Carrier, Sarah J.; Thomas, Annie
Science and Children, v47 n7 p33-37 Mar 2010
"Watch out, the stove will burn you," "Ooh, ice cream headache!" Students construct their conceptions about heat and temperature through their own intuitions about daily life experiences. As a result, misconceptions can be born from these constructed concepts. The activity described here addresses student misconceptions about thermal insulation and challenges them to design a structure with good insulation properties. The project provides opportunities to problem solve through the 5E learning model (Bybee 1997) which includes: exploration, investigation, design, structural analysis, synthesis, and revision. (Contains 1 resource and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A