As with any STEM project, having a way for students to debrief or reflect is important. A fast (and free) way to do this is to try the STEM Cube. It’s not as in depth as a Debrief, but works well as an intermediate step as students work up to writing a full debrief.
Research shows that providing an opportunity for students to reflect on what they have learned, enhances meaning, encourages insight and provides a platform for more complex thinking and learning. Although I like and use the debrief pages in the above link, sometimes a lesson just requires a little bit of a different angle.
As a result, I’ve created a new set of debrief and reflection pages that are aligned to the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices. Use them throughout the inquiry or at the end for more complete learning during the inquiry.
Each of the pages (one focuses on Science and the other Engineering) focus students attention on each of the Science and Engineering Practices and how they used each of those tools in their investigation. For a more in-depth write up or for students with a higher ability level, this can be used as a rough draft to capture all of their thoughts on their investigation.
Not sure about the entire bundle just yet? Give the Science and Engineering Debrief a try!
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