# Question Exploration: What Causes Tides? (High and Low, Spring and Neap)

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This Question Exploration asks the Essential Question: What Causes Tides? On Day One, we explore high and low tides. On Day Two, we explore spring and neap tides.

Question Exploration Routine is an instructional methods that teachers can use to help a diverse student population understand a body of content information by carefully answering a critical question to arrive at a main idea answer. Students taught using the question exploration routine earned higher total test scores than did students taught using the lecture-discussion method.

Personally, I use the Question Exploration Routine to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it. It keeps my "Sage on the Stage" time limited to what fits onto 2-3 pages (about 45 minutes of directed class discussion). This product includes the completed question exploration guide, and the student guide blanked except for vocabulary, scaffolding questions, and graphics already filled in.

These Question Exploration Routines are classroom tested to help students with the following Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science. SWBAT
SC.8.E.5.9 Explain the impact of objects in space on each other including:
1. the Sun on the Earth including seasons and gravitational attraction
2. The Moon on the Earth, including phases, tides, and eclipses,
and the relative position of each body
SC.912.E.5.4 Explain the physical properties of the Sun and its dynamic nature and connect them to conditions and events on Earth.
SC.912.E.5.6 Develop logical connections through physical principles, including Kepler's and Newton's Laws about the relationships and the effects of Earth, Moon, and Sun on each other
SC.912.E.7.7 Identify, analyze, and relate the internal (Earth system) and external (astronomical) conditions that contribute to global climate change.
SC.912.P.12.2 Analyze the motion of an object in terms of its position, velocity, and acceleration (with respect to a frame of reference) as functions of time.
SC.912.P.12.3 Interpret and apply Newton's three laws of motion.
SC.912.P.12.4 Describe how the gravitational force between two objects depends on their masses and the distance between them.
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