Group 2: John, Maeghan, Megan, Kristine & Emily

Report Sheets:

Group 1: Name is in red
Group 2: Name is in green
Group 3: Name is in blue
Group 4: Name is in purple

Is the globe a model? Is the map a model? Is the picture a model? Most helpful in explaining the seasons Explain Most helpful for trip from NY to CA Explain
Terrance Yes I’m not sure Yes Globe “You could use its movement to determine were weather and stuff come from.” Map “You can show which direction you want to go and come from.”
Deng Yes Yes No Globe “It shows were it’s cold or hot and it also show the equator so you know if it’s how hot or cold it is.” Map “Because it’s more pacific and shows the road and streets.”
Briyanna Yes Yes I’m not sure Globe “Well because you can see physically where the sun will shine one side but not the other.” Map “Because you can make out the quickest route b/c the map is flat.”
Aslan Yes Yes Yes Map “You can see the numbers.” Map “Globe has the states tiny.”
Jhade Yes No No Globe “It shows a visual.” Map “Shows Routes.”
Hanna Yes Yes Yes Globe “To show how the earth rotates.” Map “To show you everything that will on your way on the journey.”
Demari Yes No No Globe “You could demonstrate the Earth rotating and changing seasons.” Map “You could plan what roads to take and directions.”
Shania Yes No No Picture “-summer has a symbole- sunny hot
-fall- leaves on ground, orange and red colors
-winter- snow everywhere, cold, snowmen”
Map “map can show you how to find areas that you need to find”
Lyric Yes Yes Yes Picture “It would be a picture because summer would be beaches and shorts, spring would be umbrellas and raincoats, winter would be snow and snowman, and fall would be leaves.” Map (none)
Anastasia Yes No No Globe (none) Map “You can see roads and obsticals.”
Bob Yes No- the whole world all places Yes Map “it maps there Longitude + Latitude/ [cant read]” Map “if you get lost you can show someone where your at and they can outline where you need to go!”
Hadaree No No Yes Globe “because you can use a sun model too” Map (none)
Liam Yes No I’m not sure Globe “You can use a flashlight as the sun & demonstrate” Map “It’s flat and shows cities”

KEY for Table & Definitions of Models

Group 1 (Red): Pink Shovel
Group 2 (Green): Orange Bucket
Group 3 (Blue): Green Sand Castle

Advantages Limitations
Markers & Paper
  • fast
  • easy
  • same color
  • can’t demonstrate it’s use
  • flat (2D)
  • need more time
  • can’t see the back of the object
  • tricky to make the base
  • too much to draw
Pipe Cleaners
  • easy to make simple shapes
  • easy; simple shapes to make (squares)
  • hole in the model
  • color difference
  • difficult
  • doesn’t stand up
  • not enough detail
  • dimensions are different (2D model vs. 3D object)
Play-doh
  • freedom to make anything you want
  • easy to make the bottom/base
  • most difficult material
  • can’t pick it up
  • time-consuming
  • difficult to make it stay in place
  • tough to make shapes
  • doesn’t stick
  • hard to make indents
  • toothpicks would be helpful (support)
  • need more time
Defintions of Models:
Group 1:
  • a replicate of the object
  • may be different in shape, color, etc. (not exact copy)
Group 2:
  • a figure that resembles the real thing
  • a copy or plan
Group 3:
  • symbol for something you use
  • you can replace it
  • prototype
  • similar; a copy
This is a summary of the what our students know about models/modeling.
  1. They understand that models are often physical representations of other objects.
  2. They have experience creating their own models.
  3. They know that there are advantages & limitations to using different media to create models.
Although I think we got a lot of really useful info from the kids, there are a few things that we didn’t really get to assess that well.
  1. We don’t know the extent to which the students understand that all models are not necessarily physical representations or copies of objects.
  2. We don’t know if they understand that models can have a predictive power and can to used to analyze trends in science.
  3. We don’t know if they understand that models can change over time.
In terms of how we can use this knowledge in camp, I think we can safely say that the students who visited our station are familiar with models and have had some concrete experience constructing their own models. Also, each student has a picture with their model that can be used as an “historical artifact” (to use April’s term) that can be drawn upon as a prior experience during the week of camp.

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