It's become the "norm" for our students to learn the steps of the Scientific Method when doing experiments. But that is not really how scientists and engineers work in their fields.
This activity has students reading through an article written for science teachers about how to teach real science practices. The activity is broken up into 3 parts:
Part A - Compare 2 real experiments to determine what Scientific Method steps were used.
Part B - Find examples of science practices being used in the article.
Part C - Determine when a scientist might use each of the science practices in the Scientific Method.
The activity helps to bring new light to students knowledge of what it means to be a scientist or engineer, while helping them to find more value in learning the Scentific Method as a way to do experiments in the classroom.
The article is free to access online, but there is no answer key currently for this activity. If you don't have tech tools to access the article, you may want to print out the article for the students ahead of time.