Planning for practical enquiry: possible solutions
From the previous step, the mentor (Karen) suggested some possible ideas to try in the teacher’s next practical lesson. Downloadable versions are linked at the bottom of this step.
A concept cartoon is one way of presenting questions for your children to investigate. It often states the question and then other characters in the picture provide possible solutions which can then be investigated. The children can choose to agree with one of the characters or suggest their own solutions to investigate.
As discussed in Step 1.13 classroom roles are really useful tools for organising group work during practical activities. There are many roles you could choose to use but the suggested ones cover most jobs. These types of roles are used extensively in the CIEC (Centre for Industry Education Collaboration) resources which are free to download here.
In week 3 we will further explore the use of planning grids to help your children plan their investigations in class.
This picture is an example of a completed plan where the children thought about the possible variables they could change. They then chose one variable to change and one variable to measure. There is space to record their group question and space for a prediction, if you are asking them to predict.
These are just one example of planning posters that can be used in school. In step 3.5 you will see how an alternative set of planning posters are used in the classroom.