Demonstration Lesson Plan
Practice Presentation September 15
Presentation and Lesson Plan September 21
Reflection September 26
The purpose of this assignment is to: provide students with an opportunity to conduct a scientific
demonstration to their peer group; assist students in understanding the basic requirements for
creating a lesson plan and how to ask relevant questions during a presentation; develop
understanding of the scientific principles that are related to the demonstration. You will use the
Predict, Observe, Explain technique when delivering your demonstration. This technique will help
you develop your questioning skills as well as engage your students in the lesson.
This assignment consists of several parts. One, you will present a 10-15 minute science
demonstration to a small group of your peers. This demonstration will be videotaped and your
peers will provide you with written feedback. The afternoon of September 15th has been set aside
for this practice run. If your group is unable to meet on that day you must see me to make
alternate arrangements. Based on the feedback you receive from your peers, you will revise your
lesson plan and present the same concept again on September 21, in class to a larger group of
your peers. This lesson will also be videotaped. Your written lesson plan is due on September
21. Your reflection on the two presentations and the lesson plan is due the following class,
Choose a suitable concept, preferably from the junior high program of studies, and develop a
demonstration appropriate for your target audience. Ensure that you choose a demonstration
that can be completed in 10 minutes.
The POE format of the demonstration starts with one or two leading questions that are designed
to stimulate thinking. Students should be asked to predict what will happen, they will observe the
demonstration and then you will ask students questions to help draw out an explanation for the
phenomena observed. You must demonstrate sufficient background knowledge of the concept
and be prepared to answer questions from your peers.
The entire presentation is no longer than 15 minutes on Sept 15 (about 10 minutes for the demo
and 5 minutes for questions from your peers) and no more than 10 minutes on September 21.
Demonstration Lesson Plan Template
To be posted on Web CT Discussion Board
Required materials- List materials and provide instructions for set-up.
Safety Issues- What precautions do teachers and students need to take?
Prerequisites- Describe the knowledge and skills the students require and explain why these are
important to your lesson.
Lesson body- Describe the demonstration and procedures, include the questions you intend to
ask. This is a detailed step-by-step explanation.
An explanation of the science concept
Additional information you feel may be necessary
You will present your demonstration twice; once to a small group and then a second time to a
larger group of class colleagues. Your classmates will provide you with written feedback. These
presentations will be videotaped. You will view your own videotape and answer the following
What did you learn about presenting a demonstration?
What are your strengths?
What will you need to change? Why do you feel these changes are necessary?
The entire reflection should be no more than two pages (12 point font, double spaced). Hand
this in along with the written feedback provided by your peers.
* See Developing Reflective Practice
Websites for Science Demonstration Ideas
Science Made Simple
Peer Evaluation of ____________________________
Please provide an evaluation and constructive feedback on your colleague’s
Teacher is well prepared (has evidently planned carefully, needed props on hand, etc.):
Teacher makes use of visual aids, models, music, or other non-verbal representations:
Presentation is engaging and comprehensible:
Teacher effectively communicated the concept:
Teacher shows creativity, sense of humour, courage:
Effective aspects of the lesson
Suggestions for improvement
Demonstration Lesson Plan Evaluation – 10%
Poor Sat. Excellent
Demonstration addresses stated objectives 1 2 3 4 5
Description and rationale for prerequisites 1 2 3 4 5
Details and procedures of the demonstration 1 2 3 4 5
Effective questioning strategy
(sequence, leveling, critical thinking promoted) 1 2 3 4 5
Explanation of the scientific principle 1 2 3 4 5
Follows the POE technique 1 2 3 4 5
Lesson reflection* 1 2 3 4 5
Handout Poor Satisfactory Excellent
(uses template headings, well written, 1 2 3
credits original source
Safety issues identified 1 2 3
Curriculum Fit 0 1