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These 12 short activities are designed to illustrate and develop
common understanding of some of the process skills of science essential
to inquiry -- skills such as observing, planning, and interpreting.
The Process Circus Activity allows a group of teachers to recognize
these process skills (or their absence) in existing curriculum materials.
For the full
text of the Process Circus Activity, click
here. For the Process Circus Activity Form only (on its own
page), click here. For the
Process Circus Task Cards only (on their own pages), click
here. Then, you can print them out as you would any other document
on your computer.
Why do it?
This is a good
activity to do to lay the groundwork for teachers to begin to move
from short, guided activities to more open-ended investigations.
By recognizing the processes through which evidence about the world
is gained and used, teachers can help their students develop and
sharpen these skills. These process skills are necessary for gaining
content knowledge through doing open-ended investigations, but because
some of these skills are often underrepresented in many curriculum
materials, these skills should be supplemented and developed so
that investigations can be richer learning experiences.
How to do it:
takes 2 1/2 hours, a room with enough space for 12 small "stations",
one or more staff to facilitate the discussions, the Process
Circus Activity Form, and a set of materials.
A brief introduction
by a facilitator. See the full text
for greater detail.
circulate in pairs to each of the 12 stations where they perform
a task, identify the process skills they think they used at each
one, and record this on the Process
Circus Activity Form.
If they think
they are using process skills not listed, they add these to the
form and bring them up in the discussion.
a description and image of each of the 12 tasks, click
here. This will take a moment to download.
to the stations, two pairs meet to share notes and prepare to present
their ideas to the whole group.
The entire group
discusses their experiences doing the activities in order to arrive
at some negotiated common understanding around the language of the
Having a working
understanding of the process skills will enable teachers to recognize
them in both the curriculum they teach, and in their students' work.
This will help teachers to see gaps in curriculum and in their students'
understanding so they can decide where certain skills will have
to be further developed.
participate in an ongoing discussion of the Process
Circus Activity, or to read what ot her people have
said, click here.
the full text of the Process Circus Activity, click
here. For the Process Circus Activity Form only (on its
own page), click here.
For the Process Circus Task Cards only (on their own pages),
click here. Then, you can print
them out as you would any other document on your computer.
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