This resource contains several graphic organizers that can be used to help students build better models. These graphic organizers are:
- : This graphic organizer is designed to help students show what happened before, during or after an event occurred or to create a sequence of events.
- : This graphic organizer is designed to help students show what would happen if a variable changes. For example, students could use this model to show how particle motion changes when the temperature increases or decreases. Students should also describe evidence from class that supports the components that they have included in their model.
- •Students can use this graphic organizer to show the relationship between variables. Students should provide evidence from simulations, observations, investigations etc. to support their model.
- In middle school, students should include seen and unseen mechanisms in their models. One way to do this is to encourage students to create models at different scales. This also helps to incorporate the crosscutting concept of scale, proportion and quantity.
- This is used to have students compare their models. This allows students to use peer feedback for the purpose of revising their models.
*Some of these graphic organizers are also included in the grade 3-5 Modeling
This resource also contains:
- These are sentence frames to help students discuss their models.
- This is reference sheet that can be placed in student notebooks. It is a general overview of the purpose of modeling.
This resource was designed to help students with the Science and Engineering Practice Developing and Using Models. It aligns with the following components from the 6th-8th grade band of the NSTA Matrix Fork for the Science and Engineering Practices.
- Develop or modify a model—based on evidence – to match what happens if a variable or component of a system is changed.
- Use and/or develop a model of simple systems with uncertain and less predictable factors.
- Develop and/or revise a model to show the relationships among variables, including those that are not observable but predict observable phenomena.
- Develop and/or use a model to predict and/or describe phenomena.
- Develop a model to describe unobservable mechanisms.