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ERIC Number: EJ944179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Make Your Own Snow Day!
Robeck, Edward
Science and Children, v49 n1 p53-57 Sep 2011
Children love snow days, even when they come during the warmest weather. In this lesson the snow isn't falling outside, it's in the classroom--thanks to "Snowflake Bentley" (Briggs Martin 1998) and several models of snowflakes. A lesson on snow demonstrates several principles of practice for using models in elementary science. Focusing on snow was a way to develop the concept of "properties" of substances, but the lesson also provides a way to consider the role that models can have in developing scientific ideas. The author will highlight the ways models can be used to help students construct meaning as they compare the properties of models with a target idea that the models represent. He will also describe the steps of this lesson as he implemented it with fifth-grade students. Presented in a 5E format, each step of the lesson is followed by a principle of practice for using models with elementary school children. (Contains 3 figures and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A