“Can You Succesfully Follow My Written Procedure?”


Surprising and insightful results are in from part two of following eighth grade students’ “written procedure for a unique and unusual structures” in Mrs. Hutching’s Science classes. 

Recently, eighth grade students were given supplies to create their own structure and were asked, “Can you write a procedure that can be followed by your classmates [to successfully build your created structure]?” 

The engaged students built their own structure, wrote directions (or procedure) for building it and then proceeded to part two – they gave their written procedures to another classmate to see if their directions could indeed be followed by a classmate to successfully build the given structure.

Here are some examples of the students’ written procedures.

Mrs. Hutchings reports that while it was fun listening to the kids try to build one another’s structures, no one had a successful build when following the given procedure!

So what happened which resulted in the unsuccessful peer builds? Students had to answer analysis questions that may provide insight into this question.

 

 

Mrs. Hutchings reports that while it was fun listening to the kids try to build one another’s structures, no one had a successful build when following the given procedure!

So what happened which resulted in the unsuccessful peer builds? Students answer analysis questions to provide insight into this question. Excellent answers students! (Click on the pictures to make them larger.)