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Teach with Whybricks

Whybricks helps educators bring physical science concepts to life.

Both the Whybricks kit and the lessons are intentionally versatile. You can freely implement the materials however best suits your classroom’s needs.

The Whybricks Lessons are designed to help you transfer agency over learning to your students. These lessons help you take your students on a learning journey by asking them ‘why?’ and then supporting them in discovering and presenting their answers using sound engineering and scientific practices.

Each Whybricks investigation is intended to be student-centred and led. Supported by a teacher’s guide, the bulk of the Whybricks educational resources are all student materials, designed for independent use by students.

There are three types of interrelated printable student materials:

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Whysheets

The core of each Whybricks investigation is its Whysheet. Much more than a worksheet, a Whysheet is the students’ and educators’ guide for the investigation.

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Notice and Wonder sheets

The Notice and Wonder sheets are templates designed to work alongside any investigation. These sheets offer places for students to note observations throughout the investigation.

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WOW sheets

Each WOW sheet contains information about a specific topic or fact. The WOW sheets help students to discover and understand key information, enabling them to apply what they learn back into the investigation.

Find out how the Whybricks ‘But, Why?’ lesson set aligns to the Next Generation Science Standards in the NGSS mapping of Whybricks guide.

Concepts to teach with Whybricks

Each Whybricks investigation dives into an interesting ‘why’ question, exploring different aspects of physical science and engineering. Through these investigations, students explore a range of topics connected to core physical science concepts: forces and motion, energy, scientific inquiry, and engineering design.

By engaging with these key concepts in different ways; including by encountering facts, exercising a scientific mindset, and participating in scientific and engineering practices; students make real-world connections between the world around them and the material they are learning. Providing as much autonomy as possible will enable students to have the richest experiences as they build, tinker, and explore the concepts.

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Our But, why? lessons will help you flip the script

These Whybricks investigations start by getting students to communicate what they already know about observable phenomenon.

By asking students ‘why?’ up front, the Whybricks investigations help educators determine and celebrate what students already understand.

This intuitive understanding is then built upon inside the investigation. Each lesson supports students in growing their grasp of the reasons that underpin the ‘why’ of what they have already discovered.

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