Aims and objectives
Children all have different ideas about why the Moon is the shape
it is. This activity helps the children test their own ideas and
gives them opportunities to revise their conceptions.
The nature of this activity is based upon pupil pre-conceptions
and so doesn’t require any previous knowledge or understanding.
In the classroom
Children's ideas are usually difficult to change so this activity
sets out to change them by asking them to collect evidence to test
their ideas. Encourage the children to click on the campfire and
then move the mouse over the children sitting around the fire. Ask
the children to click on an idea that is close to theirs and see
if they were right.
Various parts of the activity may require equipment like torches
and balls and on two occasions the children are asked to print an
activity recording sheet (by clicking the print button on the top
toolbar of the browser).
A major part of this activity is to encourage children to talk
about their ideas and openly discuss them. By using an interactive
whiteboard the teacher can lead these discussions and therefore
assess where the pupils’ research needs to be directed in
order for them to arrive at the correct outcomes.
|Support materials description:
|The worksheet contains an image taken form the
activity together with the core question. This can be used for
pre-activity elicitation to gauge children’s pre-conceptions
or post-activity to assess their revised understanding.
Science – KS2:
Sc1 1a-b; 2b, h, i, l