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The Engage phase is all about capturing the interest of students.


Engage also:

  • Introduces aspects of the scientific concepts under consideration
  • Seeks to explore what the students already know about these concepts
  • Seeks to establish links between past learning experiences


Engagement activities can be open ended and challenge pre-exisiting conceptualisation for example:


  • Take one of the matches and place it across the back of your middle finger and under the 1st and 3rd fingers at the joints nearest the fingertips
  • Try to break the match by pressing up with the middle finger and down with the other two
  • Try pressing down with the middle finger and up with the other two
  • Try moving the match to the other side of the middle joints
  • Get a glass or plastic cup and a ping pong ball
  • Put the ping pong ball into the cup
  • Put your lips against the edge of the cup
  • With a firm breath blow across the top of the glass
  • What did you notice happen?
  • Why do you think this happened?


  They can also probe the student's understandings for example:






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