Today students had the opportunity to complete their cup pyramid challenge using the tool they built. I gave them approximately 20 minutes to complete the challenge if they had not completed it the day before.
For those students that did complete the challenge yesterday (and for those that completed it quickly enough today), I asked them to use their hands and to talk about how to build the pyramid in the best (most logical) order possible. As students built their hands and talking version of the pyramid I circulated the room and consulted with the small groups to help them recognize some of the patterns within the labels if they were struggling. I also asked each group member to create a model of the hands and talking version of their cup pyramid. This model will be the left side creative output for this lab once we glue it into our notebook.
After this, we got back together as a whole group to work on completing our lab worksheet. We discussed the scientific question, hypothesis, materials, and the tool building procedures and documented our answers on our worksheet.
We then went back to small group work to discuss and begin writing our procedures for building the cup pyramid with the tool.
Students were required to complete their Scientific Question, Hypothesis, Materials, Tool Building Procedures, and at least the first Pyramid Build Procedure on the lab worksheet. If this was not completed in class, the student should complete this for homework.
Mrs. Batt is the 7th grade Life Science teacher at Hawthorne Middle School.