New Teacher Resource Book: Getting Started Documents

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New Teacher Resource Book: Getting Started 

written by Jan Mader and Mary Winn

This chapter of the Resource Book for the Beginning Physics Teacher provides four example activities that can be used on the first days of class to get students started taking an active role in their learning. These provide an introduction to a learning cycle approach to science.

Last Modified August 16, 2006

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Dancing Raisins 

In this activity, students observe the behavior of raisins placed in assorted liquids. This complete learning cycle introduces students to the science process skills of observation, classification, inference, and models.

© Jan Mader and Mary Winn.

Published August 15, 2006
Last Modified August 16, 2006

First Day Physics Treasure Hunt 

This activity introduces students to some of the equipment that they will be using in their physics class, requires them to make some basic measurements, and introduces them to motion and kinematics.

© Jim Nelson. Used with permission.

Published August 15, 2006
Last Modified August 16, 2006

The Drinking Bird 

This demonstration and activity can be used to help students learn to make observations and draw inferences. Students can be asked to build models for how the bird operates.

© AAPT, 1999. Used with permission.

Published August 15, 2006
Last Modified August 16, 2006

A Problem Solving Demonstration 

This in-class demonstration is designed to involve students in observation and scientific reasoning. Students observe, discuss, and model an experiment with fluids. Among the goals of this activity are to have students participate in an exercise in scientific exploration and learn the difference between observation and inference.

© Jan Mader and Mary Winn. This material can be used for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution.

Published August 15, 2006
Last Modified August 16, 2006