Lesson 8: Student Presentations & Reflections

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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Construct explanations and engage in an argument from evidence about a model home’s energy efficiency.
  2. Communicate information regarding a model home’s energy efficiency.

Language Objective

Students will be able to: Describe the energy efficiency features of their model home.

Slides for All Activities

30 minutes

Activity 1: Students present their energy-efficient model homes and real estate listings to a live audience of community members.

  • Recommended presentation style: Gallery walk - Audience members visit each student team’s project “station”, listen to their real estate listings, and ask questions. Students may also take turns participating in the gallery walk.
  • Invite visitors to complete the “Model Home Visitor Feedback” form for each model home they visit.
Materials & Prep

20 minutes

Activity 2: Create final energy models.

  • Students create a final model to illustrate why Charlie’s roof has snow and Annabeth’s roof does not.
  • Their final models are based on their most recent understanding of energy transfer, including what they learned in Lessons 1-8.
  • Students can create their own final models and/or this final model can be created on chart paper as a class.
  • For the teacher: Final energy model exemplar
  • Compare and contrast their initial models with their final models. Have a short discussion about the nature of science and how scientific concepts are updated when new information becomes available.
Materials & Prep

15 min

Activity 3: Reflection

  • Students reflect on the energy-efficient model home project in their science notebooks or on the provided “Student Reflection” handout.
Materials & Prep
  • Science Notebooks - or