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Does anyone know where I can find an example of a concept map for QCA Unit 3E: Magnets and Springs. I'm looking for some ideas for my first lesson and I'm struggling! Has anyone taught this unit before? Do you start by asking children to produce a concept map? If so how much input do you give them and how much time do you allow them to complete it?
Sorry if this sounds trivial to most, I'm a student teacher starting my first Science module. Any comments would be much appreciated.
You may find these links useful…
There are powerpoint presentations on this site which also
include concept maps
I also liked the vocabulary and question cards on this site
Thank you, they are both really hepful sites
hi, im a y3 NQT and taught this topic for the first time last term, i also found it ia bit tricky to get started.
i took the class into the hall and got some balls, hoops and bean bags out, with the aim of recapping forces from y2. All i really wanted them to get was that for an object to move, its needs a force, which can be a push or a pull. we did this by sitting in a big circle and rolling the ball to each other and asking how can we move it? how can we stop it? also linked this to gravity, then basically had some group activites with the equipment and the students had to say a sentence explaining how they were using a push or pulling force to move their object.
i found this a really helpful way to get started cus all of my kids, even my very low ability, were engaged and could use the science vocab i was looking for. Next session we started looking at magnets and the class were able to take on the new concepts and vocab of magents, repel and attract ect. i allowed them 5 minutes to "play" with the magents, before we stared talking about how they felt and what they did,
it worked for my class, good luck x
I find these links useful as a starting point. Any good?
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