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Physical Science: Session 6

5-Question Survey: Rising and Sinking

The series of questions presented in this activity will help you find out your ideas or your students' ideas about matter. As highlighted in this video series, when we articulate our misconceptions, we are taking the first step to rectifying them.

Surveying is one of many educational strategies that teachers can use to elicit ideas. Even a brief survey, such as the one presented next, can provide a learning opportunity for students and teachers alike. Students can reveal their misconceptions for the first time as well as open their minds to accepting scientific points of view. Teachers can form a basis for making instructional decisions, whether to validate students' correct yet unsure ideas, confront student misconceptions, reinforce ideas that are forming, or complement ideas that are accurate but only partial explanations.

When viewing the answers to each of the survey questions, you will also see how others answered the questions.

Before you complete the survey, please identify who you are (pick just one):

I am a teacher. I instruct:
Grades K-2
Grades 3-6
Grades 7-12
College students

I am a student. I attend:
Grades K-2
Grades 3-6
Grades 7-12
College

I am a member of the general public

Begin exploring your ideas with

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