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PsychInquiry is a great psychology website for high school teachers. It is a website that compliments the 5th edition Psychology textbook authored by Peter Gray. The organization of the website is quite simple. There are 17 chapters. Each chapter has a list of activities and quizzes.
High school teachers can incorporate some of the activities into a unit. The quiz questions also can be selected for their own assessments.
For the following activity, I have created questions for the students to answer. The directions and questions are shared in At the end of the period, I view each student’s The assessment is more of an effort grade than anything. The material also will be on a test.
The activities are well organized and interesting. The students seem to enjoy them, so there are very few problems with student focus.
Below is the information I shared with my students in a google.doc.
Today you are going to complete some on-line activities. Create a google.doc to answer the questions. (Once you open the document, go to file and select make a copy. This will allow you to edit the new document that you now own.)
This material will be on the test, so be sure to TAKE YOUR TIME and read carefully.
Chunking in Short-Term Memory (5 minutes)
Slide #1 – Read the information!
Slide #2 – Read the INSTRUCTIONS carefully. The “BEGIN” button is at the bottom of the page on the right side.
Complete the task (on page 2 of 5). Record your number of correct placements
Trail #1       out of 5
Trail #2       out of 7
Trail #3       out of 9
What is the conclusion about chunking?
Slide #3 – Read the information. Record the name of the article written by George Miller in 1956.
What is the key? BOLD WORDS or (other word beginning with a C).
Slide #4 – Read the Instructions. After you read the instructions, scroll down to the yellow “BEGIN” circle.
For each trial you will be given 2 boxes
Box #1 You Answer
Box #2 Correct Answer
Complete the test 3 times and record your correct scores after each trial.
1st Test
Trial #1 (numbers)
Trial #2 (chunks)
(Click “Start Again”)
2nd Test
Trial #1 (numbers)
Trial #2 (chunks)
(Click “Start Again”)
3rd Test
Trial #1 (numbers)
Trial #2 (chunks)
I believe you can complete as many trials as you would like. Which type of numbers was easier to remember 9 individual #s or 3 chunks? After reading the information in this activity and completing the trials, why do you think this is true?
Slide #5 Read the conclusion. Now go back to slide #4 and complete one more trial. This time, chunk on YOUR OWN. When the 9 individual numbers come up, group them in threes in your head 123489608 = 123 489 608