Wondering: "How far would the bowling ball go if we had a taller ramp and a longer space to travel?"
We have begun our study on force and motion with our energy unit. Last week, we conducted a test to see what would happen when we rolled five different spheres down a short ramp and measured the distance the objects traveled. Then we recorded our wonderings and tested them the next day. (Our wonderings are the things we are still wondering about- such as "what would happen if we did this...). Some of our student wonderings led us to the hall and others led us outside to test a word we had not learned about yet, but introduced: friction! It was a great engagement lesson and created more wonderings! Once we had our data recorded, we used this nifty bar graph sticky notes and created a data representation. Students created their own "scientific claims" and supported their ideas with the data they had collected!
(A wondering: what would happen if we rolled the marble and the bowling ball on a rougher surface and down a larger ramp?"