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Uncovering Student Ideas Probes

Physical Science

 

 

Physical Science Probes

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Apple in a Plane

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about force related to the interaction between inanimate objects. The probe is des...

By Page Keeley and Rand Harrington

Assessment Physical Science

Lesson Plan

Apple in the Dark

Imagine you are sitting at a table with a red apple in front of you. Your friend closes the door and turns off all the lights. It is totally dark in t...

By Page Keeley

Assessment Physical Science

Lesson Plan

Birthday Candles

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about how we see objects. The probe is designed to find out if students know that ...

By Page Keeley

Assessment Physical Science

Lesson Plan

Can It Reflect Light?

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about reflection. The probe is designed to find out if students recognize that all...

By Page Keeley

Assessment Physical Science

Lesson Plan

Cookie Crumbles

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about conservation of matter. The probe is designed to reveal whether students thi...

By Page Keeley

Assessment Physical Science

Lesson Plan

Does It Have to Touch?

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit beginning ideas about types of forces. The probe is designed to reveal whether students recognize th...

By Page Keeley and Rand Harrington

Assessment Physical Science

Lesson Plan

Equal and Opposite

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about pairs of forces that fit Newton’s third law. The probe is specifically des...

By Page Keeley and Rand Harrington

Middle School Assessment Physical Science

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Force and Motion Ideas

The purpose of this assessment probe is to comprehensively elicit students’ ideas about the relationship between force and motion. The list of possi...

By Page Keeley and Rand Harrington

Middle School High School Assessment Physical Science

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Ice Cubes in a Bag

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about conservation of matter (or mass). The probe is designed to reveal whether st...

By Page Keeley

Assessment Physical Science

Lesson Plan

Ice-Cold Lemonade

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about transfer of energy. The probe is designed to determine whether students reco...

By Page Keeley

Middle School Assessment Physical Science

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