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Scientific Method: Can You Write a Clear Lab Procedure?  FREE!
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RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.7, RST.9-10.3, RST.9-10.7, RST.11-12.3, ...
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.7, RST.9-10.3, RST.9-10.7, RST.11-12.3, WHST.6-8.2d, WHST.6-8.3, WHST.9-10.2
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Scientific Writing Activity - Great for Common Core Writing Lessons

Can your students write a clear and concise laboratory procedure?


A key component of the scientific method is the recording and publishing of results. In his/her publication, a scientist must give the procedural steps used to perform the experiment. Other scientists will repeat this work to verify the results.

In this simple activity, the student will build a unique and unusual structure. The student will then write instructions for how to build the structure. Students will swap sets of instructions and attempt to build the structures of other students.

Students quickly realize how clearly and precisely instructions must be written.

This activity can be used with students in grades 3 through 12. By changing up the "building materials" that are used the activity is easily adaptable to students of different grade levels and ability levels.

This product is included in my Science Skills Mega-Bundle of 61 files.This Science Skills Bundle contains 61 different files on science skills, including metric system, scientific method, scientific notation, graphing, significant digits, experimental design, comparing and contrasting and more.

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On  October 5, 2013,  Buyer said:
Used your activity with my Living Environment students this past week. A couple of students wrote perfect procedures on the first try, but most were able to see that being specific is key!

I also used this activity to introduce the proper way to write a lab report as we went through the entire activity (adding things like a hypothesis, precautions, data, and conclusion sections).

Instead of having them switch procedures with another student/group, *I* went around and used their procedures so that I could point out where they could improve after building their structure.
On  October 6, 2013Science Stuff answered:
So glad you enjoyed this activity! Thanks for leaving such thoughtful feedback. I really appreciate it!
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Great resource, thanks for sharing!
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You are welcome. Thank you for leaving feedback!
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I cannot wait to use this, several times, and let my students see how they are learning! Thanks!!
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I think your kids will really enjoy it. Both my upper level and lower level students have fun with this. Thanks for the great feedback!
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Brilliant!! Fun and educational - the best way to learn!
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Terrific resource! Thanks so much! Definitely an important skill to develop!
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On  March 12, 2013,  Buyer said:
I like the format. Hoping for a 3rd grade version! Thank you!
On  March 12, 2013Science Stuff answered:
This can easily be done by third graders!! Just use simpler building materials and have fewer building pieces available to the kids. They would love it!
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On  February 5, 2013Teach Smart (TpT Seller) said:
What a good idea!
I like the way of testing how detailed a students method is and the fact you can link it to validity by replicating someones else's results. Oh and its fun too!
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What a great way to work on writing skills in the science classroom!
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Another winner! It's so great to see writing across curriculum in practice; oh, how I wish I worked with you, Amy!!
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This is a great product. I have been working on writing procedures with my high school classes and really need something to review with them the importance of including very specific details and steps. I think this will be just the right thing to help them out.
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I adapted this lesson for my 6th graders to practice the parts of a cell. I gave each small group of students (3-4) a packet with materials that could be laid out to represent the major parts of a cell and then had them trade their instructions with another group. It worked very well as a review of the vocabulary and concepts.
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