# Easy Lab Activity: Learn about Variables, Graphing Data & Summarizing Results

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1. Two experiments that my students plan and perform to learn the basics of experimental design, collecting data and summarizing results. Through these labs students are challenged to do the following:Identify variables and constantsExamine experimental designGraph dataSummarize results1. Drops on a Pe
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2. COMPLETE UNIT ON CONTROLLED EXPERIMENTS, GRAPHING DATA AND DATA ANALYSIS1. Three Lessons on Deconstructing the Parts of a Controlled Experiment - experimental questions, hypotheses, variables, data analysis and drawing conclusions.2. Five Lessons on Graphing Dependent and Independent Variables - des
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Dear Teacher,

How high will the ball bounce? is one of several experiments that my students plan and perform to learn the basics of experimental design, collecting data and summarizing results.

I really like this lab for allowing my students to discover the challenges of conducting a controlled experiment through trial and error.

It’s perfect for pairing with a lesson on kinetic and potential energy and can be completed in one class period.

Through this activity students are challenged to do the following:

• Identify variables and constants

• Examine experimental design

• Graph data

• Summarize results

Supplies are minimal and cheap:

• Balls – small bounce balls work well ( and are very cheap)

• Meter sticks, yard sticks or measuring tape (1 or 2 per group)

• Masking tape to secure meter sticks/measuring tape to wall

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Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
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