Promoting the Scientific Enquiry among Gifted/ More Able Students via Candle Investigations
- Homantin Government Secondary School
This lesson is designed to exemplify the use of a jigsaw cooperative learning strategy using a prediction-observation-explanation (POE) inquiry model. When candles of different lengths are ignited under a closed system, the longest candle will go out first. It is because the hot carbon dioxide rises and accumulates near the longest candle. The experimental result may contradict students’ predictions as they may think that the burning time depends solely on the amount of fuel. This lesson allows students to discuss what they think will happen in the closed system. They are arranged in expert groups to collect new evidence in 4 learning stations. Finally, students are arranged in jigsaw groups to share their empirical findings and write an explanation for what they have seen. The lesson design helps nurture creativity and higher-order thinking skills among gifted/ more able students.
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