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Happy Day!

I got the following email from a student today. Getting a message like this, is the best gift a teacher can receive. It shows my students are connecting what they learn in class. Here’s the note I found in m email:

I saw this in a magazine:

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(The part where it mentions chlorophyll)

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Physical Science A’s Feedback

Photo on 12-8-15 at 9.52 AMEach Semester, I ask my students to reflect and provide me with feedback by asking them four essay questions on their final exam.  You can see that paper circuitry made a huge impression along with the atom and Kahoot.it Here are the responses for Physical Science Fall 2015

1. Name 3 of your favorite activities or lessons that we did in this class.

 

  • Paper circuitry, Labs, And kahoot 🙂
  • Kahoot , Paper Circuitry, some labs we did in class
  • my favorite activity is when it comes to projects and my other two is kahoot and experiments
  • liked the Chapter 2 lessons, the Chapter 3 lessons, and the Kahoot! Reviews
  • The paper circuitry, the periodic table and how the atom is like.
  • I like the the paper circuits, I like the paper circuits., I like the paper circuits.
  • Playing on kahoot it, learning about molecules, and metallic bonding.
  • it, notes, and paper circuitry+
  • My 3 favorite activities we did in this class was when were doing the paper circuitry. The first time doing my paper circuitry, i was surprised when the lights lit up. My second activities is when doing nearpods. Because we can tell what we learn from lessons that we did in the class. And my last favorite activity was Kahoot it. Because it is more fun than nearpod, we can reach to see got the question right and who’s at the leader board.
  • My favorite lessons was learning which group was more reactive. Another is what element is radeoactive. and one activity is were we did a lab with baking soda  water and chloride.

2. What else would you like to learn?

  • I would like to learn more about the elements, because it is cool when I seen how the elements exploded and learn more, which exploded and which ones doesn’t.
  • I would like to learn more about the periodic table. Because i would like to try name all the ones that i know and learn more of all the other names of the periodic table. And because i have never studied about the periodic table before.
  • i would like to learn how to make light from potato.
  • I would like to learn more about how to make bigger circuits with different types of lights.
  • I would like to learn how to do more chemistry
  • More about the Periodic table.
  • about more electrons that stick to each others.
  • I would like to learn what elements is deadly to humans.
  • more paper circuitry
  • I would like to learn more about the periodic table. Because i would like to try name all the ones that i know and learn more of all the other names of the periodic table. And because i have never studied about the periodic table before.
  • I would like to learn about the atmosphere, if that is a Physical Science topic.

3. What was the most difficult part of this class?

  • The most difficult is were we what to do the circut prodjucts.
  • I would say the most difficult parts of this class was doing the ITSI labs. But some of the ITSI labs were kind of fun and easy. When it comes to doing experiments i would think i wouldn’t finish them, but i would. And i think doing the labs are important part of our grades because this is physical science were we do labs, but not just labs. So i try to finish  the labs so i can get a good grade on it.
  • Remembering atoms
  • The most difficult part was trying to keep up with notes and quizzes. Also, the ITSI labs because the process is too long and we have to do so much in such little time.
  • taking the quizzes
  • The most difficult is were we what to do the circut prodjucts.
  • The most difficult part of this class is remembering the periodic table. And which element goes to where.
  • Doing the quiz on the molecules.
  • the most difficult part of this class is certain projects and cercutry
  • The most difficult part of this class was catching up on quizzes and notes. Not necessarily hard doing them but I fell behind a lot and had to do a lot.

4. Name the 3 topics that were your favorite to learn about in this class.

  • circuitry ,projects,and the space game
  • covalent bonding, introduction to molecules, metallic bonding.
  • Paper Circuitry, Periodic Table, and The World of Science.
  • I liked it when I learned how to used paper circuitry because I liked it when lights light up and how it is made. I also liked it when I learned the periodic table because I liked it how some of the elements reacted to water and how they exploded. I like when I learned about an atom and how it looks.
  • Kahoot, Atoms, And doing a Lab
  • 1) Alkaline metals, 2) Alkaline earth metals, 3) The noble gas
  • I liked the Scientific Research and Technology, Introduction to Matter, and the Periodic Table Lessons.
  • paper circuitry, periodic tables, chemical bonding I guess
  • circuits and temperature connecter, the balloon electricity thing
  • One of my 3 topics that were my favorite to learn were learning about molecules, that they are the smallest particles of the covalent compounds. And my second topic tat were my favorite to learn was identifying all the properties of the periodic table. Like if they conduct electricity, or if they are weak or strong, how many valence electrons they have, what their symbols is. And my last favorite topic that was my favorite was learning about another scientists in the past who first discovered atoms.
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How to Get Started with Kahoot

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The Power of Electrons

Today we built a simple circuit on paper and used an LED to illuminate our success! Here’s a paper circuit from the Island of Nunivak Alaska. A big thank you to all of the partners who helped us with supplies and inspired us to make our notebooks light up!

We have been studying atomic theory and how different particles behave. I think the electron is our favorite.

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Explorations in Paper Circuitry 2015 Action Plan

This activity is an exploration designed to give students a chance to build a paper circuit product. In order to build this card, students will need to learn basic concepts of electricity and how energy flows through a circuit. I will use this with my 9-12 grade physical science class prior to the formal lesson on electricity.

Next Generation Science Standard –  Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction. HS-PS3-5Science and Engineering Practice: Develop a complex model that allows for manipulation and testing of a proposed process or system.
Crosscutting Concepts–    Changes of energy and matter in a system can be described in terms of energy and matter flows into, out of, and within that system. (HS-PS3-3)
Disciplinary Core Ideas·      
Performance Expectation-  Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy. HS-PS3-3

Engage

Start a KWL chart with students about electricity. Then challenge the students to complete the PHET Models on static electricity.  Have students add to their KWL chart and be prepared to share one item the learned doing the simulations and one question they have about electricity that they want to learn more about. Explain that electrical circuits provide a defined pathway for electrons to flow and power electrical devices.


Explore

  • Explore 1
    Hand each student a multimeter and have them discover which items are conductive and insulating.
  • Explanation 1
    As you share the results of using the multimeter to measure electrical flow, add the words insulating and conducting to your chart. Also introduce the word circuit.
  • Explore 2
    Handout the Paper Circuit starter kits. Do a short demonstration on how to use the copper tape. Then ask students to work as far into the booklet as they can
    Explanation 2
  • Review the design features that allow electrons to flow through the circuit and make the lights work. Highlight some of the trouble shooting you had to go through and why those scenarios stopped the flow of elections
  • Explore 3
    Compare a parallel and series circuit. Build a series circuit and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each design for lighting the LEDs.
  • Explanation 3
    Use the multimeter to demonstrate how current flows differently in a parallel and series circuit.

Elaboration

Students will build a short illustrated story card or a greeting card that incorporates a switch and LED lights. Advanced students can add special effects with micro controllers.

Evaluation

Students completed projects and a completed KWL chart will be used to grade this project. A pre and post test on electrical circuits will be used to measure science knowledge acquisition.

Materials
Chibitronics Starter Kit $29
Extra Copper Tape 6
White Extra LED Stickers 19
Color Extra LED Stickers 19
Sticker Effects 19
Circuit Sticker Sensors 29
alligator wires
multimeter ziplocs
batteries
small binder clips
assorted microcontrollers and special effects sticker

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Hack Your Notebook with Paper Circuits Reflection

I was introduced to the idea of “hacking your notebook” in a webinar that AKTeach hosted this spring. I had never seen circuit stickers or heard of paper circuitry before. My students create science notebooks in my classes so this was a great moment of discovery for me. I was very fortunate to be invited to the two day workshop during the AKTeach Distance Learning Conference.

Jie Qi, David Cole, Natalie Freed, and Nicole Fuerst
Jie Qi, David Cole, Natalie Freed, and Nicole Fuerst. Our workshop facilitators.
Here is a lesson I plan to do with my students this fall. A much richer path to learner how electricity works.
Here is a lesson I plan to do with my students this fall. A much richer path to learner how electricity works.

During the two day workshop, David Cole from Nexmap  and Natalie Freed  of Telescrapbook shared their work with using electronic circuits, sensors, and micro controllers to create expressive art in paper notebooks. Much of their work has been in cooperation with Jie Qi of Chibotronics. This is an amazing intersection of art, creativity, science and invention.  This was one of the best classes I have attended in a long time. The tools and strategies they shared have inspired me to integrate paper circuits into my students’ science notebooks.

In a virtual class, it is often harder for the students to organize. I find that using a paper notebook can serve many goals from organizing, archiving notes, and allowing for creative expression and reflection. I began to use science notebook strategies with my students eight years ago. Each year my skills in utilizing these notebooks increases. Attending this class has opened up whole new possibilities for evolving the use of a paper notebook with my students at a distance. I love the high tech/low tech approach. It is simplistic in a way that is conducive to distance learning classes. The resources that David, Natalie and Jie shared are so well engineered it will make it easy for me to apply this in my distance learning science courses.

The integration of paper circuitry will enhance my physical science unit on electricity. This was the first time that I had built a parallel circuit and then a series circuit where the conceptual differences really clicked. I have taught this lesson many times before. But with the application of an art project in my notebook, it finally makes sense. I am a very visual learner and this process really helped me understand the foundations of electric circuits at a deeper level. I will be a better teacher of this concept in the future. I want my students to experience this kind of insight into the basics of electrical circuits through creative play.

I love the idea of play, invention and discovery before deconstructing a science concept. This seems like a more natural way of learning. Taking this workshop has also inspired me to explore the maker movement as a conduit to teaching students about science. I am committed to Inquiry Science, but have felt that inquiry science lessons are awkward to teach. The concept of tinkering and building as a conduit to inquiry intrigues me. I think my students will have a greater natural desire to make and create through problem solving as opposed to more formal controlled scientific experiments. These are important, but I think students are missing the opportunity to play and tinker as a scaffold to structured inquiry.

This workshop has inspire me to  plan a unit on electricity using paper circuitry:

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This is a book developed by Jie Qi to help learners create their first paper notebooks. Easy to follow and very hands-on.
This is a book developed by Jie Qi to help learners create their first paper notebooks. Easy to follow and very hands-on.

Draft Unit Oultine
1. Conductivity and Insulation (Multimeter techniques)
2. Learn to use copper tape.
3. Simple Circuits
4. Parrallel Circuit Tutorial
5. DIY Switch
6. DIY Blinking Slide Switch
7. Pressure Sensor
8. Advanced options as desired

Materials
Chibitronics Starter Kit $29
Extra Copper Tape 6
White Extra LED Stickers 19
Color Extra LED Stickers 19
Sticker Effects 19
Circuit Sticker Sensors 29
alligator wires
multimeterziplocs
batteries
small binder clips

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