Fathers of the Scientific Method Research Project

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Combine language arts and science with this scientific method mini-research project! Students research the lives and accomplishments of 5 people who are considered among the fathers of the scientific method and then write a report about their findings. This cross-curricular activity can last as long as you like depending on how much time you allocate for doing the research and writing. You can extend the learning by having your students give oral presentations about the scientists they researched.

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This resource is also available in a money-saving Scientific Method Bundle that includes 2 additional products, available HERE.

Included in this product are 3 graphic organizers for students to help them plan their writing:

* For note-taking as they conduct their research.

* For pre-writing to help them organize their information.

* For listing the sources they consulted.

A page with objectives and instructions for students is provided, as is a page with background information for teachers about the 5 fathers of the scientific method; these pages come in both color and black-and-white versions.

An assessment checklist for evaluating students' reports is also included. Images of the 5 scientists, which can be used by students in their reports, are available in large and small sizes.

A page listing the ELA Common Core standards that are addressed and another page of example Model Performance Indicators (MPIs), for teachers who have ELLs in their classes, round out this product.

What an educator who has used this resource says about it:

♥ "Great way to start the year" -- A buyer.

This mini-research activity lets students learn about some important scientists AND gives them practice in writing research reports!


What you get in this product:

★ A table of contents page (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher section with explanatory information (1 page)

★ A list of the ELA Common Core standards addressed (2 pages)

★ Three example MPIs for WIDA Levels 3, 4, 5 (1 page)

★ Background information about five fathers of the scientific method, in color and black-and-white versions (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)

★ Objectives and directions for students, in color and black-and-white versions (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)

★ Black-and-white images of five fathers of the scientific method, in large and small sizes (3 pages)

★ A note-taking graphic organizer (2 pages)

★ A pre-writing graphic organizer (2 pages)

★ A list of resources graphic organizer (2 pages)

★ An assessment checklist for evaluating students' reports, in color and black-and-white versions (1 page each for a total of 2 pages)


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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