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Last Updated: March 29, 2023

Inquiry-Based Learning with Gale In Context: Science

The 5E model is a planning tool for inquiry teaching that provides a structure for students to connect science ideas with their experiences and apply their learning to new contexts. In this session we will take a look at Gale In Context: Science and how the content inside can be used in a 5E lesson and encourage inquiry-based learning with your students. You will also be provided with supporting material to outline this lesson structure and organize your planning. Join this session to learn more about how to 5E model can be used with Gale In Context: Science to enhance learning and engage learners!

Duration: 45 Minutes
OK. Well, thank you again for joining me today.

Uh My name is Lindsay Barfield. I'm a trainer here

at Gale and our session is focusing

on inquiry based learning using Gale in

context science. Uh So just a little background

about me, I'm a former science teacher

myself. So I love when I get to kind of put

my teacher hat back on and speak

directly um about our resources and how

they can be used in the classroom.

I think a lot of times there's a misconception that

our Gale In Context resources are informational

text only and that is totally not

the case you're gonna see here, all kinds of cool content

that we have in here. Um for students

to interact with and for you as librarians

to share with your teachers and for teachers to share

directly with their students. So

we're gonna be looking of course at inquiry based learning

and I chose a specific model to use. But

uh we're also gonna be looking really at

how you can find this content and

the types of content that are inside. OK.

So with that, let's go ahead and get started

just a quick agenda. We're gonna spend a few

minutes in some slides talking about what is

in core based learning and how Galan context

science lends itself nicely to that. Uh

We're also going to have some time to look

at a lesson plan that I've created using gale

context science. And I'm gonna walk through

the exact steps that I used to find the resources

that I included in it. So what kind of

browsing options I used and what content I was

looking for. And at the end, there's gonna

be some time for questions and contact

information. That way if you have some questions after

today's session where you can go. But

if you do have questions as we're going,

please use that Q and A I have

it open. I'm, I'm keep, keep my eye on

it so that way I can answer them as they come up. But

um I see someone has their hand raised

if you do have a question. Uh If you wouldn't

mind putting that in the Q and A for me. All right,

I'm gonna put that down. Here we go.

OK. So what is

inquiry based learning? Well, uh whether

you realize it or not, if you've never taught a science lesson,

you have probably used it already. Uh

inquiry based learning lends itself very nicely

to the content of science because it's all about

sparking students curiosity and getting

them to ask why, you know, why

is something the way that it is, which is really what

science is all about. It's about wondering

and using discovery to learn.

Uh This style is particularly effective

though because it disguises learning

with hands-on activities and experiences.

So if you think about your favorite

lesson when you were a kid and you were in class, it probably

wasn't one where the teacher was standing in the front of the room

with slides and they were giving a lecture, right?

It was probably some sort of experiment. You got to

do something where you got to get your hands

involved and you got to go outside one day

and do something to collect some data. It was

probably something hands on and experiential,

which is what inquiry based learning is all

about. We want to get our students to take some ownership and

their learning by doing it themselves

almost, they don't even realize that they're teaching

themselves as they go through.

So where Gale In Context: Science comes

into play, you know, as I mentioned, we do

have some great informational text with

trusted reference materials and top periodicals.

But we have a really great variety of

other content pieces that can have students

have those hands on and experiential

um learning types.

So in addition to our premium resources

here at the top, we also have videos,

images, audio files

and some of the things we're gonna look at specifically today are

those interactive simulations and experiments

that we have fully fleshed out and ready

for students uh to start using interactive

simulations. I love, they cover

a wide variety of topics and this frequently

studied uh science content areas

and then our experiments as well cover

a wine variety and they are very

detailed. They're gonna have, you know, how long is

it gonna take? How difficult will this be, what

materials are needed? So, they're

really, really well thought out

in addition to that, we also have statistics

and graphs. So if you're trying to get students engaged

and get them wondering, you can show them

some or some data that's been collected over

time and get them asking. Well, how did this,

how did this happen? What's changed over time?

How did things, you know, I, I have a second

lesson plan. I'm gonna show you later on weather and climate

where it shows how the weather has gotten warmer

over the years. So we're gonna look at a graph.

Well, why do you think it's gotten warmer? What's


And then all of this content is built

into these very nicely curated topic

pages that students can be sent to or

that you can use to find the content.

And again, these are most frequently studied topics

you can see here on my screenshot

that we've got biographies,

topics within biology, chemistry,

and many, many more. And we're gonna look at

those here in just a bit.

Ok. So for the lesson plan that I created,

I use a specific model. I use the five

E model, which is not new. It's not something

that I've created myself. It's been around since the eighties,

but it's a very nice way to kind of organize

your thoughts and organize the inquiry based

learning process into just five

steps. So we're gonna engage, explore,

explain, elaborate and then evaluate

the lesson plan that we're gonna look at today

is one that I created on forces in motion.

So you'll see here that this is a high

school lesson plan. Uh But the other

one on weather and climate that I'll show you how to find later

is middle school. And

when I went or when I went to create this

lesson plan,

I went ahead and chose my standard

that I want to analyze data to support the claim

that Newton's second law describes a mathematical

relationship among the net force on a macroscopic

object and its mass and acceleration, which

is just a long way of saying how does Newton's

second law relates to force mass

acceleration mathematically, which

this is the part where I share that I also used to teach

math. So I was kind of selfish when I chose

this standard because it takes my two favorite things and

put them together.

Uh So the objectives that I wanted

from this lesson plan I created were

for my students to describe the relationship

between forces on a moving object

and the force require to stop it

and then also to be able to solve

for force mass and acceleration. So that's what I'm

keeping in mind the whole time while I'm

in gale in contact science looking for these

resources. Now, if you want

to open up this lesson

plan and follow along with me,

I'm gonna share the link with you. Um

It's already on our support site so you can find

it later and share it out.

But let me just get this link

here and send that to you.

OK? You should see the link now

in your chat that you can click on and open this lesson

plan to follow along. Uh But I'm also

gonna have it open in the slides too. After I show

you where I find each of the resources, we'll look at

it again there.

OK? So starting with our very

first step, engage. Uh This

step is where you're really gonna find your hook.

So this is where you're gonna get students curious, get them

wondering asking why. And

this is where I would go to Gale

in context science to find a good

video simulation statistic

or audio clip, something that I can share

with my students, have them, watch it,

listen to it, interact and then ask why

is that? Why did that happen?

Um So when thinking about the standard that

I chose and those learning objectives that I had,

I thought a video would be a really good

way to introduce this topic because I can show

a video of something falling or

dropping and have my students just think

about why, you know, why is it falling? What

forces are interacting on it? What's causing

that to happen?

So this is when I went into Gale In Context: Science


So let me log in here.

Now, if you already have access to this, it's probably

through your library and you know where to go to. Um

But if not just follow along and

watch as I go saying that chat

is disabled.


let me share the link one more time.

Someone wasn't able to get it

and I'll share it here too.

Hopefully everyone else was able to get that one open,

but someone was having difficulty opening a lesson plan.

OK? So I went into Gale In Context: Science


Um and just to kind of quickly acquaint you with the home

page here, this is how all of our Gale In Context resources

are set up. When you log in

up at the top here, you've got your sign in options.

So you might notice there's no actual gale

sign in to access these resources.

You're gonna get it through single sign on.


ok. Let me try again. Somebody else said they didn't get it

there at that time. I think it should have worked. I think I had

my settings wrong the first time I shared it out.

Ok. Hopefully. Now you all have it

in your chat. There we go.

Um But as I was saying, there's no gale

sign in to access our resources,

it's directly through whatever your single sign

on is at your school. Uh But

when you are working within the resource

and wanna save content, you can do that directly

to your drive or your or Google Drive or Microsoft

Drive. So I'm gonna sign in with Google.

I think it's best practice to do that. Right. When you get in

that way, everything is easy and kind of flows

nicely as you're working,

then you've got your basic and advanced search

here, which is where we're actually gonna start in just a moment.

This I think is where most teachers and librarians

are drawn because it most closely resembles your Google


Um underneath though are the topic pages

that I would typically direct students to. So

we feature a couple topics each

month they change just based on what's

going on that month, maybe some top

or popular topic pages we've seen

students clicking into or maybe ones

that they haven't been clicking into and we want to feature.

So these change every month

and then down here you can browse

more topic pages and see what's

been updated and what's new.

So we are constantly adding in new content

to our resources. So it's great to

come in and see what's being updated and what's been changed.

But you'll see that we have 690

total. So we'll take a closer look at

these in just a moment.

But as I said, I think most teachers are drawn

to this basic search because what we're used

to doing, right.

So if I know that I'm coming in looking

for a video on something falling or being

dropped, I can just go ahead and start

typing in my term drop

and you'll see that my surface this is gonna pop up.

Uh The search assist is going to recommend

topic pages first. So anything bolded

is a topic page that we have built out

around drought, which is not what I'm looking for.

Um But underneath the non folded

words are still gonna have good results.

They're still gonna have content coming back,

but it's just not gonna be built out into that curated

page where everything is gonna be

relevant to this topic right here.

OK. So if I do a search for drop,

you'll see here. I have tons of content to

choose from.

I already know though, I'm looking for a video

so I can click into my content type here

and just looking at the very first two videos.

I see what I was talking about where these are

not exactly the kind of drop that I'm looking for,

right? Which is where my filters

are gonna be my best friend.

Uh The filters you can see we've got a good variety

of filters here too, but one of my favorites

if I'm looking is doing a,

why don't we do? Actually, we'll do subjects here

for this one. I like subjects because

it takes all these videos and kind of puts

it into smaller categories. So you can quickly

preview uh what the

video topics are. So if I'm

scrolling through and I'm looking for a good video

on something falling or being dropped.

Well, actually this very, the second one here stood

out to me, spacecraft, a spacecraft

falling or being dropped. That sounds fun and engaging

to kids. Right.

So I've got four videos to choose from

and I did click into each of these and preview them,

but this very first one stood out

to me the Orion drop test.

All right. Once I select this video, you'll notice that the,

the video is not embedded

in the actual um database

here, we have it linked out. So

when I click to play the video and watch

it, it's always gonna give me this little warning

that I'm leaving Gale, but that's ok if

you're ever leaving Gale, it's a website that we have already

looked at. It's trust that it's not gonna give you any pop

ups or viruses. So it's safe to

go to

you. You'll see that. Actually, it is a website

with this video. There's nothing else linked here

now. It's seven minutes long. So I won't have us watch

the whole thing.

Um But I'll kind of fast forward through so

you can get the highlights here. This

video is explained the process that

NASA scientists go through when

they're creating simulations for shuttles

doing a water landing. So

it's showing the shuttle that this giant

simulation is swing. They created to

simulate when a shuttle is coming back to earth

and it lands in the water, how they plan

for that and how they can kind of use

the different forces and factors involved

to create this simulation.

So I thought this would be a great way to hook my

students, get them engaged and get

them thinking about those forces as well because

you'll notice that this video was geared towards

um students. So it's not really talking about.

Well, the force is this many newtons, the mass

is this many kilograms. It's not going

in that much detail. It's just telling students, hey,

this thing is falling. Here's what we're thinking

about. Now. What do you think

about that topic?

So once I find a resource that I want

to share with my students,

I have a couple of different options.

Um I personally can save it to my drive

that I've just logged into, I can email

it. Maybe I wanna share it with a colleague, but they want to use

it in their class. I can download

it. Uh print is also an option, but

I don't recommend that for videos. It comes in handy

with some of our texts later on. Uh But

the easiest way I think is with get link.

I love get link because it creates a persistent

URL that if I put

this in my list and plan this this year and

I come back to use this lesson plan for the next

three years. This URL

is still gonna work over the next five years. There's not really a time

limit on it. Um This is gonna continue

to work. It's very different than this

web address up here at the top. This is gonna give me problems.

This one's always gonna bring me back to the video.

So I like using get link and just

copying it, pasting it and

putting it in my lesson plan or sharing it directly

with my students. It's gonna bring them to this video.

All right. So that is my hook

is that video?

Now you'll see in my lesson plan

that I paired that video with a couple little

questions of having students watch it.

And then also I want them to kind of share their

thoughts on why simulating is important,

why precision would be important

and what role forces

are playing in this simulation?

All right. At the very end, I also have a fun activity

where they can um write down three

scenarios that would cause a simulation not go

as planned and be a little creative,

but that's my engage, that's my hook fun

video and then having them kind of think about what

they just saw.

Now, next, we're going to explore where students

are gonna dig a little deeper. So they're gonna take those questions,

the things they thought about and engage

and explore on their own

to kind of develop those thoughts that they have and the questions

they have, we have simulations

and websites within Gale In Context: Science

That would be great for this purpose.

Simulations, obviously, you know, because they

can actually simulate an occurrence of something.

Uh Some are very straightforward and just kind

of let students watch something happening,

but some are actually have variables

that they can put in and change. The one that

I've chosen, you're gonna see in a second when students change

the mass of an object, uh the

gravitational force, the air density,

uh some have even more than three

variables. They've got four or five.

Uh So they get to interact and kind of run these

trials and then ask the question,

run the trial and then get their results in

real time.

And the websites are great too because you'll see

with the uh weather and climate

lesson plan that I made. Uh I found

a really great website that shows students

the change in surface temperature from the year

2000 to 2022.

And they get to watch this little interactive video

as it goes through and they can kind of move

and change and explore why

that change in temperature might have been occurring. So

when I go into

deal in context science here. We've

done our basic search now, but I want to do an

advanced search because

I know I wanna find a simulation, especially with

physics. We have um a lot,

a lot, a lot of simulations that lend themselves

nicely to physics.

Um Up here at the top, you can put

in search terms if I know of, of specific

simulation that I'm looking for or what

I want it to be related to, I can put in my

search terms up here.

But down at the bottom, we've got these search limiters

where I can actually search by a specific

content type.

And I see here are my simulations

where when I do this search, it's gonna pull up every

single one we have, we've got over 300

to choose from which are just

a ton, right?

So the very first one, you know, some of these

are very basic periodic table is just an interactive

periodic table where students can kind of click around,

see the atomic number mass

even tells them how many electrons are each shell.

Um But some are a little more involved.

And so I want one related to

Newton's second law where they can kind of explore

that falling object and the forces involved

a little bit further.

So I'm gonna do a search within, we look

at subjects before but search within is great.

It's gonna search within the simulations to see

what factors they're working with. So

I want one that involves mass and


run my search here

and I've actually got five to choose from.

Uh some of these are specific to

Newton's second law. They're a modified Atwood

machine. But since we use that hook

of the falling object, the falling shuttle,

I think this one's gonna be a little bit better for

my purposes. So I'm gonna click

into diy factors affecting

objects falling in air.

All right, when you open any simulation, the very first

thing it's gonna do is alert you that you're actually

doing it at a smaller size and

it's best to open the

activity down here to a, a much

larger screen. So I'm gonna do that first.

All right, with any of your simulations, you're gonna get

a little bit of contextual information involved.

So it's not enough to explain

to students exactly what's going on,

but it's enough to tell them. These are some terms you

may need to know to understand this simulation.

So terminal velocity air

resistance drag, those are gonna

be important. When we're looking at this simulation,

they can collapse it right here

and then it goes into the instructions. So

it's time, then you're gonna change a couple of factors here

for this skydiver as he's falling,

we're gonna work with gravitational acceleration,

air density and mass. And it even

recommends that it's gonna be best to change one

property at a time. So they can compare

the graphs that it's gonna create more


All right. So after they read their instructions,

students can come in and actually start manipulating

some of these variables. So if

I'm running this and I want to change maths


I can drag this down to the slowest

mass, have my skydiver


and you'll see that as he's falling,

it's graphing the information so they can pair

this data with what they're seeing the

skydiver do

and then once it gets to the very end,

it's not telling them what happened, right? They

still have to kind of connect the dots and

find that information themselves.

They're gonna be prompted to start their next trial

where for this one, I want a much heavier


I'm gonna have the skydiver jump and again, it's

graphing it real time. But now it's comparing

it to the lower mask that I had


So this is really where students can explore.

Well, what role did mass play

in this simulation? How is maths

important when something is falling? We can look

at the acceleration and you know, kind of wonder, well,

why is it a negative acceleration

and then it skyrockets to positive and goes back

to zero. What about velocity?

And they can explore those concepts by going

on and changing the gravity and the air

density and running more trials.

Um Somebody in the chat or

in the Q and A ask do lesson plans go away

eventually. No. So we leave all of

our support materials on the support site.

So these will be here available for you

um indefinitely as far as I know.

OK. So this is our simulation that I want

to share with my students.

There's no limit on how many times they can run it. So

I have a kind of open ended where students are gonna run

it as many times as they feel they need to,

you know, within a given amount of time. Um

And again, I would share this with get link.

So we've got them working with the simulation

and then I actually also put in a couple

of guiding questions here. So that way

if they are just kind of playing with it and

they're not really doing, you know, what

needs to be done to explore and learn further.

Here are some questions to kind of check in. Oh Well,

what role did maths play? Well, they didn't

run one when they changed math. So let's do that. And then

you know, what role does gravity play? So

the questions are good to kind of guide the exploration

if you feel like your students might need that additional support.

All right. Next, we've got explain.

So this is where as the teacher,

you can kind of come in step in and

check in on that learning. So if they didn't

really get what they needed to add that exploration

step, this is where you can share with them

articles, reference pieces,

topic overviews to give them an informational

text. So they can fill in

the gaps of what they might have missed in that last step

or where they may still have those questions.

Also, depending on your student's ability

level, you might also want to share with them just

the entire topic page. So if you

think that they can navigate those filters and find

that relevant content themselves, you can

just share a topic page with them and they can start

looking on their own to get that explanation

over the concept.

So I mentioned before, we've got tons of topic

pages to choose from which I just went back

to the home page just so we can browse

our topics here.

Uh, when you first open the browse topics,

it's gonna have every single one listed. And

again, you'll see that we have some that are updated,

but you can always come in and see what's

new or updated just by using this filter


So you can see we've updated quite a bit here recently.

Um But if I know what I'm looking for,

so let's say,

um, we're going into physics and astronomy,

I can kind of scroll through and see

what's available. So I'm working

on the laws of motion, specifically the second

law, but I have a topic page right

here built out.

So you'll notice the difference between our basic

search, advanced search and the topic page is we've

got this little overview here at the top. This is

a good introductory piece for students,

especially if you're sharing just the entire

topic page with them to kind of get them

explaining on their own. This

is a great place to start going into this topic.


underneath is all of the related

content that we have, which you can see. We've got

something you just about every category here related

to laws of motion.

Um But if I as a teacher want to find

a few pieces to help guide my students,

this is where I might click into reference

here, you know, find some things from the encyclopedia

and use my filters again to find

that specific content. Now, one

filter I've not talked about and one um

uh feature of the resource I've not talked

about are content levels. So you

might notice that if we have

any written pieces, you know, the magazines,

even the experiments, these have

an associated content level with them

that relates to its Lexa measure.

Uh There are five content levels

that we have. One in two

are elementary, three is middle

school, four is high school and

five is an undergraduate level. So

if I'm working with or high school

students, I know that I probably

want to pull some level four content.

But you know, if you have students who may below

reading level or it's just gonna be a little bit

easier to use them at level three, you can

multi select and pick as many levels as you want.

So this is a really nice quick, easy

way to get relevant content

at the appropriate level for your students.

Now, I went ahead and just pick level four

since I was working with the high school standard

and applying that.

And I wanna find some more information on force

mass and acceleration, Newton 2nd

law to share with my students. Right? But when

I'm looking through here, I'm seeing most of these are related

to all the laws of motion. Some

are just on motion itself. Gravity.

I've got one just on force. So

I'm gonna do a little search with them again


force mass and acceleration,

which when I do that, any of these pieces

that have a mention of those are gonna stay. So I've still got


but I got really lucky when I was lesson

planning and there's one that's actually called

force mass and acceleration. And

it's a topic overview from the world of physics

at a level four. So I know this would be a great piece

to share with my students.

All right, as I was reading it, I was thinking of

some questions that I may want my students to answer

or some things I may want them to define.

So you'll see if you have the lesson plan open. I

have a couple of things that I asked them to identify

within this piece as they're

reading. And this is where I really

want to point out some of the student tools that we have

built in.

Because as a teacher, you know, I'm gonna get my link

share with my students. And when they open it, it's gonna

pull them up to this exact page.

And so when students are working within the resource,

they've got these great accessibility features

built in where they can translate

a text to over 40 different languages.

So my last year of teaching, I had a student that

spoke Somali and it was incredibly

challenging to find content in Somali

to share with him. So it would have been great to come in here,

translate this piece uh and share

it with him.

I also can change my font size

if you do with a vision impairment or who just

likes a larger text, it's mobile

responsive. So you'll see it staying within this

window as I change the text,

I also can change and display options.

So if I wanna change the background color,

uh change my font style,

line, letter word spacing,

I can do all of that

and even listen to the text, it's gonna highlight

it as it reads. So we've got great

features here built in for students. After

you share it with them, they can still kind of customize

the content to whatever their needs are.

I'm gonna go back to default though for the rest of this.

I mean, we've got research tools built in So

with that first question that I have in my

lesson plan, I want students to identify

um acceleration and why there may

be a negative acceleration in an object

because they saw in that simulation that

it was accelerating negatively.

So right here as students are reading, if

they find these answers, rather than writing it down,

they can use highlights and notes

to just highlight their answer.

Let go

pick a color. So maybe for question one,

I want it to be green and then I can

make a note here or I can just literally put in. This

is my answer to question one.

All right, there was another part here

about why it was negative. So after being


it produces a negative acceleration on the ball.

That's my second part to question one.

And then I can just color code my work as

I'm working

with my highlights and notes and as

a student, I can save it to my drive and

it's gonna have the full text, my highlights,

my notes. And I've got this to kind of refer

back to as we're working through the lesson plan.

So I really wanted to point out those accessibility

features and highlights and notes because they are great

tools in here for your students.

All right. So this is one piece that I chose

to include in my lesson plan.

I also decided just from my experience as a teacher,

sometimes these text heavy articles

um can lose a few students and

videos are a great way to kind of build them or

bring them back in and kind of build them back up.

So I wanted to find a video that I could share

in addition to this article in case this lost a few

of my students. So I'm gonna go back

to this uh topic overview page following my

breadcrumb trail here. I can see I wanted

to reference that a document.

Let's go back to Laws of Motion.

And when I go into videos,

my very first three are on each

of Newton's Laws and they're from Khan Academy.

Now I mentioned part of my uh learning

objectives for were for students to mathematically

be able to solve for force maths

and acceleration, which we

have plenty of these Khan Academy videos

built into the resource to explain some of these

mathematical concepts. So if

you are not a science and math teacher,

you are just a science teacher and math is like not

your strong suit. We've got some great videos

here that you can share with students.

I'm gonna go to Khan Academy

and it's gonna explain those concepts for

you in the video. So I'm having my

students watch this and as they


they're going to copy down

deposit. You'll see here at the end,

he explains everything really, really nicely.

But at the very end,

I've got a actual examples

of solving for force maths and acceleration

where he walks through them does the math

gives the examples. And so I want my students

to watch this too and then write

down these examples. So they have them for later

on when they need to show what they know at the very

end, right? So the Khan Academy videos

we have in here support math are awesome

as well.


I think I pretty much went through everything already. Yeah, we're

gonna answer a couple questions and then

write in our notebook. Those examples from the video.

OK. Elaborate is where students are gonna

go back on their own and they're going to apply

their knowledge now. So what they've learned from these

first three steps, they're gonna apply

it to some larger project assignment,

something where they have to actually show

their understanding, which is where I think

our experiments come in handy. So

we've got over 200 experiments to choose from

and they span across a really wide

variety of topics and they go into

very, very nice details. So they're not just

a general um you know, experiment,

just an idea. They are fully fleshed

out and you're gonna see when we look at it. They, they

have a lot, a lot of details in there.


if I am back in laws of

motion, I'm gonna go back to that topic page.

I'm looking for an experiment now for my students

to elaborate on what they know

I've got five to choose from.

And you can see with the title they're easy to tell what their

focus is. So rotation orbit doesn't

really work for me but forces that's involved

in Newton's second law. So I'm gonna

go into forces and see if this one works

with any of these experiments. This

is the general format that you're gonna have. So

at the top, you're gonna get any information

that students may need to know before conducting

this experiment. You know, this is

where they're gonna learn. OK, we need to know what new three

laws are we know about gravity.

So you may want to share with your students before

conducting the experiment,

you're also gonna get into any words to

know. So important vocabulary they may

want to learn before they get into it

and then you get into the experiments themselves.

This very first one is on how

do water bottle rockets demonstrate Newton's

laws of motion. So this one focuses

on all the laws of motion. So right there, I kind of thought

this isn't really what I might want to use, but

I kept reading just to be sure. Um

it's got a purpose and hypothesis at the top.

So what's the purpose of the experiment?

Then it gets into the actual part? So

it's gonna go into variables. What variables

are we working with

the difficulty level?

How many materials are needed? Which this one

also as soon as the materials list, I thought,

oh I'm looking for something kind of quick to do in class.

This might be a bit too much.

Uh we have our budget, which

I will say this lab I think was from

2010. So the budget may

not be 100% accurate, but it's an approximation.

And the timetable, I think of that as an approximation

to of course, you know, your students better than anyone.

So the time can vary depending

on the class

and then you get into how your experiment

is gonna work. So step by step instructions, these

you can actually share with the students so they can follow

these procedures on their own or you

can walk them through it and kind of guide

the process.

You're gonna get any kind of pictures that might be handy.

So you can see for the setup, you're gonna want to see

how these um pieces go together,

even any tables or graphs that students

seem to make. They're gonna have a demonstration here

on how to make those

and then you get your summary of results.

So I like this because there's a troubleshooter's guide

where if something went wrong in the experiment,

you're gonna see what the probable cause is

or what the problem was and what the the possible

cause was for that problem. So if

students need to go back and revisit it, they

can say, oh this is my problem. Maybe this

was the cause. Let's try that and

see what happens.

Uh They also get some recommendations for changing

variables and how you can even

modify the experiment.

Now, typically, whenever you pick a topic

like force, you know, it's a pretty big topic, you're

gonna get multiple experiments to choose from.

So that was just my first one.

I have a second now and usually the

second one is going to have a difference

in difficulty, cost

amount of time. Something about it's gonna be different.

So that first one was difficult. This

one's easy to moderate,

uh much less materials needed,

a smaller budget and it's gonna take less time.

So you're usually going to get a good variety

in these factors here as well.

But after reading through both of these, neither

of these quite suited my needs. They were good at experiments,

but they didn't really relate to Newton's Second Law the way

I needed it to. So I chose

another browsing option and I think it's forgotten,

but I really like to point out it's on the home page.

So you have to go back to Gale In Context: Science

and this is on the home page of any of your Gale In Context

resources. At the very bottom,

you have these educator resources and

curriculum standards built in.

So when you open it, you're gonna get the option to choose

your state standard framework,

all of that stuff or you

can go into national authorities

and pick nat or next generation

science standards

So from here, I can pick my framework. I

chose disciplinary core idea

and then I can even pick my grade level. So

I'm working with high school Physical Sciences.

So I'm gonna click in here

and it's gonna show you first uh matter

in its interactions because it's the very first unit of study,

but you can collapse it to see all four

and forces interactions is where I'm working.

So I'm gonna open this one up

and after you see the standard you're working on.

So this was my standard right here and you'll see

that you can see resources related

to it now, much like our basic

search. I'm gonna click in here. Uh much like

that basic search we did in the beginning, this

kind of search does require a little bit of filtering

because it's gonna pull any piece of content

relevant to that standard

or a word in that standard if you will.

So it might require using some of these filters

here. But I like it. If I have

a specific standard I'm working with and I don't see

what I need or what I'm looking for,

it's a good way to check and see if anything else

comes up. So, in experiments,

you'll see, I have two,

the first one is very obviously not

related to what I'm looking for with designer

babies, but the second one uh seat

belts to sensors that is relevant to

Newton's three laws, right? Seatbelts are very important

when we're talking about force mass acceleration

and it's talking about car safety. So this

one intrigued me, it was something different.

So in addition to it not being in that initial search

that I was doing, um it's also a different

kind of experiment. This is actually not

an experiment at all, but it's an activity to do

in class. That is a debate

which I also thought was really fun and interesting

because I don't get to do a lot of debates in science class.

So basically, just to kind of sum up

this this um activity, it

wants students to debate whether seatbelt

should be mandatory in school buses

and why or why not. And it, it wants them

to use car safety through

history as their argument. But I thought

this would be a good activity to modify

and use Newton's second law

as their support, you know, how are force

maths and acceleration important when

thinking about if seatbelts should be in a school

bus. So as teachers do

and we're professionals at, I took this

and I kind of modified it for my purposes

and changed a couple of things, but it was a good

framework for me to work off

of. All right. So if

you can look in

my lesson plan,

I wrote down a couple of my modifications.

So instead of having students argue

in the affirmative and the negative, I

chose to have my students all argue

in the affirmative and to have

me be the negative. So that way I can

bring up certain points and see if

they're able to demonstrate their knowledge to

argue with me. Um I also

have them working with a partner

and I'm giving each group

or each partner.

Um a specific scenario where they're

gonna have to involve their math,

their numbers for force mass

and acceleration of the stall for one and

use that information in their argument as

part of their support for needing seat

belts in bus or in the bus.

Um Then last I put in here that this could be

a really good opportunity to collaborate with social studies

as well. If your social studies teacher has

done um a debate in class already

or if they haven't, you can let them know, hey, I'm planning

on doing a debate.

What can you tell me what, what should I do or do you want

to work on this with me? So you could even collaborate

with the social studies teacher here, which could

be fun, which you don't get to do a whole lot

in science. So I liked that idea.

All right. And then your last step is evaluate.

So this is where students can review and reflect

on their knowledge. This is where you get to actually

kind of grade and see how

the inquiry process went.

So this can be something like a test

that you give um a written

assignment. But a lot of times you can actually work

the elaborate into the evaluate

section. So you can just collect what

they've done from elaborate and see

what they know and use that to evaluate their knowledge.

So that's exactly what I did.

I had my students write down their key points.

Um I also considered the verbal conversation

that we were gonna have and the arguments and

then I had them kind of reflect on what they learned.

Did their key points change? Would

they add anything new? And that's what

I'm gonna collect and use to assess their


And that was my five E lesson plan.

So the big takeaways here with gale and

context science are there is

just so much stuff in there and so many ways

to find it that it's really worth just going

in and kind of discovering and looking around

and, and seeing what you can find.

All right now, um, before I move

on, are there any questions or anything that you'd like to see

before I get into our support information here?

Ok. I don't see anything coming in. So, um,

the lesson plan that we looked at today and another

lesson plan that I created on weather and climate is

all going to be on support dole

dot com in addition to just

tons of other resources for teachers, like

we have escape rooms, scavenger

hunts. Um Other lesson plans that

aren't inquiry based but are still great

lesson plans to use trading cards activities.

So tons and tons of uh resources

to use in the classroom.

We also have different ways that you can connect with us so

you can find your customer success manager

and email them at gale dot customer success

at age dot com. If you don't

have the resource we looked at today, you can always

find your sales consultant online as well.

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Um If you have any questions, feel free

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I just saw one come in

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