This is a great way to wrap up the end of your science year. It works great the last couple of weeks of school as I give them many days to work together in class.
All together it takes about 7-8 days (including planning, trials & presentations)
Students work in groups of 2-4 and design an experiment of choose (everything has to be approved by the teacher before they may move forward) Marking the rubric along the way makes for very easy grading in the end. There are also check points to make sure they are keeping a good pace and will be able to finish.
The hardest part is getting the approval because they have to consider every part of their experiment before actually testing it.
Kids can really think outside of the box with this and it is a great way to wrap up the year when they are burned out from learning in a class setting.
Complete planning sheet, day by day guide for planning, experimental design sheet, including data collection and analysis are included.
Your students will love the freedom they have to truly explore their scientific interests!!!