My students are creative, thoughtful and full of energy! They love hands-on, active, engaging projects. We are working with the New Generation Science Standards which focuses on student inquiry. The idea of student inquiry is new and Middle School students struggle to understand their new role as investigators especially with limited 21st century tools and technology.
These students are my inspiration everyday!
We are a Title I School in Northern CA where many students have never been outside of our small city. The goal is to give my students opportunities to investigate more of their world and re-awaken their natural curiosity and thirst for answers. To allow them to question nature, to plan and conduct investigations and to find their own answers without being bogged down and frustrated with outdated, inefficient tools.
My students will benefit from new experiences both in the classroom and outside of it, to see our world in a new way, with questioning minds.
The electronic scale will allow students to measure mass more accurately, use their time more efficiently and reach the lesson's objective more quickly when measuring the masses of various objects.
They have previously learned to use manual triple beam balances during measuring labs, however for most of the year measuring practice is not the objective of the lesson.
Instead, students are working to prove their hypotheses through experiment ion, collecting and analyzing data while investigating various properties in order to find answers to their lines of inquiry.
Students will use this lab tool frequently throughout the school year, benefiting from its accuracy and speed.
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