This is one of my favorite activities for teaching the Scientific Method! For the activity/lab, I set-up 8 stations around the room, each with:
1 - an empty oyster pail (Chinese take out container)
2 - a sealed oyster pail containing two random objects
3 - a collection of 10 objects that could be inside (2 of which are)
I have my students in pairs (or groups of 4 depending on class size) go to a station and try to figure out which two objects are inside the oyster pail. For this, they must rely on the steps of the scientific method (gathering information,
I have them record their observations at each station and create a final hypothesis identifying which two objects they think are in the box. At the end of the class, I reveal what was really in each oyster pail and the students LOVE it! If any of the pairs/groups guess all 8 stations correctly, I give them extra credit or candy - but it has only happened once in 5 years of doing this!
With this purchase, you get:
1. Detailed Teacher Notes for Set-up, materials, and insider tid-bits
2. The Oyster Pail activity in a WORD format (so you can edit for your individualized learners)
3. Two observation sheets
4. Station Signs in both a WORD and PDF formatting - again so you can edit to fit your class!
5. Teacher Key
This truly is one of the best activities I do all year. It gets the students involved, helps them practice their scientific method steps, and allows them to create their own inquiry processes! Enjoy :)