Elementary School-High School Collaboration on Physics

  • students working on physics projects

First-grade students at Uintah Elementary enjoyed partnering up with East High School juniors and seniors this past month to learn about physics. Ms. Niven’s, Physics teachers, walked her students to Uintah to work, teach, and collaborate with our first-grade students.

Ms. Nivens’s stated, “The students at East High School are taking on the challenging of learning physics through project based learning. Project based learning is a way to teach a subject while incorporating a project into the unit. The students build upon the topic being taught while also building some physical representations of the concepts they have learned."

Over the past nine months, Ms. Nivens’s Honors Physics class have built bridges, rollercoasters, and model houses, but now for their final project they are taking on the challenge of teaching first graders. The students have partnered with the first-grade students at Uintah Elementary to put what they have learned into practice. The Honors Physics students were asked to create a lesson including direct instruction, an activity, and an assessment to teach to the first graders about physics.

The students were graded on their comprehensive knowledge of their chosen topic and how effectively they could teach it.

Author: Kody Colvin, Uintah Elementary School

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