Static Attraction and Repulsion – PHYS115UMDSPR13001

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7 thoughts on “Static Attraction and Repulsion – PHYS115UMDSPR13001

  1. I feel that your thought provoking questions are a great way to start your lesson because it will get the students intrigued and start thinking before the experiment even begins. I like that you had the students see what the balloons do first on their own and then brought them back together as a class to explain why the balloons did what they did. I agree with you that it is important to have attention grabbers for the students to make sure they do not loose focus.

  2. I think that the 10 minutes of a free for all with kids with balloons may be a little rowdy but it is really dependable on the age group. I think the students should also for themselves, not charge one ballon and charge one so they can observe themselves. I like that you kept in mind that it is hard to regain attention and you idea about the timer is very good. This lesson plan was very organized and on point.

  3. I really liked the thought provoking questions because it will give the students an idea of what they need to look for when doing the activity. I also really liked potential challenges in this lesson plan because students do not always listen when doing an activity in class and this allows to plan for things that may go wrong during the experiment in the limited amount of time. I also thought the last step of the lesson plan was really great because it allows the students to make conclusions about the activity they just did and discuss it with the other members of the classroom.

  4. I think that this is a fun lesson plan. I also agree that giving the kids 10 minutes to experiment with the balloon might get a little rowdy. You might want to have certain things for the kids to try to do and then give them time to do that instead of letting them do whatever they want.

  5. It is great that you have some questions to get the students thinking prior to the activity. I also like your adjustments at the bottom of the lesson as well. It is always nice to see how you might be able to adjust an activity to meet the needs of older or more advanced students. I think that you could incorporate some vocabulary into the activity for the younger students also. It could be part of the introduction to the activity. Kind of a way to gauge what the students may already know or shed light on any misconceptions. There is no doubt this activity would be a blast for students.

  6. I think this is an engaging activity, but I think that talking about polarization takes the plan further (maybe 5th graders instead of 3rd graders). I like the time you allow for the students to explore the properties of balloons! It makes the plan fun, interesting and engaging.

  7. Good, I like the way you posed an additional aspect about polarization that can make the activity a bit more challenging for bright students. However, that idea may confuse an elementary school student and would be something more appropriate in middle school, so it would depend on the level and abilities of the students.

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