These lessons were created as part of my Externship project in collaboration with the sixth grade science teachers at my middle school. They worked their way from the first level of inquiry towards student independence.
I assist a teacher who has designed a project to her students where they will collect dat on weather using tools they build from instructions and everyday materials, then use their data to make weather predictions. This is a higher level inquiry, as students must apply their data to make predictions. However, they do need guidance in how to construct a weather station.
Students in the club create toy solar cars of their own design, test them, make inferences about how to better their design, and revise their models. They then compete in a regional competition on May 31.
Students watch a video clip of Mrs. Chapman putting a sensor in a car with the windows rolled up. They decide the hypothesis: that the car will heat more than the outside. They also provide possible controls for the experiment.