April 21 2018

SEP 6 - Constructing Explanations 
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Usual information: Location CSUN Education room 2101, time 9am-1pm

Led by Brian Foley & Mahya Babaie

Purpose: To better understand models and use them to explain a scientific phenomenon. We will look at several ways to support students' explanation constructions including the new Sage Modeler tool from Concord.  

Agenda:

Wifi: ed-guest
Password: ngss4you!





 9:00-9:30 
A brief overview of the workshop 
Welcome

Quickwrite


Engage
Flame of science demonstration (AKA exploding can)

SEP 6: Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)

 Because science seeks to enhance human understanding of the world, scientific theories are developed to provide explanations aimed at illuminating the nature of particular phenomena, predicting future events, or making inferences about past events.


 


           9:30-10:00                               
Explore

More observations and steps towards an explanation

  1. Identify the parts/ingredients of the phenomena (what is there?)
  2. Describe the phenomena (what happens?)
  3. Construct a causal model that can explain the phenomena (why does it happen?)
  4. Articulate your model to others (communicate)
  5. Compare to any competing models (argumentation)


Link to Padlet


What is a good explanation? Socrative



 

10:45-11:00 
    


Break


 
11:00-11:30 

Explain

Using modelling to create explanations

Sage Modeler Tool (Mahya)
 


11:30-12:00    

Elaborate

New Phenomena - Holes in a bucket

Make your own model explaining what just happened with the can (You may work in pairs)


Share/explain the model you made
 
12:00-12:30    

Evaluate:

Evaluate these explanations:

 
12:30-1:00    
 Additional lessons within this lesson series
Informative

https://www.aldacenter.org/outreach/flame-challenge



How can we incorporate this into other courses?
What tools/resources would we need to implement this in the classroom?


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