Electricity

Background

With Inquiry Based Learning (IBL), students learn things as opposed to learning about things. According to Gardner: students must possess the ability to process content and develop a disciplined approach to evaluate, question, test and revaluate in order to truly understand the content's relevance. Students will be presented with a problem about electricity and will work collaboratively to find a solution to it.

Example

· Students will work collaboratively to fill out KWL chart on electricity, charting what they know, what they want to know, saving the last part of the chart for when their research is completed.

· Students will be given a task to complete on electricity (create an open and closed circuit or create series and parallel circuits, etc.).

· Students will brainstorm a solution and will then explore the materials, online resources and the videos provided to find a solution to this problem.

1. Bill Nye’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugtHMtc08DM

2. Electricity video: http://www.neok12.com/video/Electricity/zX7772537442630f465e4751.htm

3. Series and Parallel Circuits: http://www.knowmia.com/watch/lesson/3995

4. Interactive games to reinforce students’knowledge of electricity and circuits: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/electrical_circuits/play/

5. http://www.teachertime123.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/electricity.jpg

· Students will complete their KWL charts.

· To demonstrate their understanding and knowledge, students will create a video explaining their solution.

Challenge

Educators are invited and encouraged to use this exploratory strategy, particularly with science. Students, through Inquiry Based Learning, not only find solutions to problems presented, but often make unexpected discoveries in this problem-solving process. Students learn life-long problem-solving skills that help them develop critical thinking skills as well as creative thinking skills.

· Fill out a KWL chart.

· Assign students an electrical challenge.

· Students will brainstorm a solution followed by research.

· KWL charts will be completed.

· A video demonstrating a solution to their challenge will be created.

Sources

ACER recommends the adoption of the Network Code on Forward Capacity Allocation. (n.d.). . Retrieved June 2, 2014, from http://www.acer.europa.eu/Pages/ACER.aspx


Gardner, H. (2008). Five Minds for the Future. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press.


High Voltage Sign. (n.d.). Free Stock Photo. Retrieved June 2, 2014, from

http://www.stockvault.net/photo/134103/high-voltage-sign