This activity will teach students how to write a lab report.
*Please Note: Students will not collect ANY data with this activity, all data is provided. This will allow teachers to give their students a lab like experience without the need for materials.
Students will use the following guiding question to guide their thinking, "How long will it take a parked car in the Florida sun to heat up, before it becomes dangerous to children?"
The activity contains the following components:
1. 2 articles providing background information about the effects of leaving kids in hot cars.
2. Questions to assess the students understanding of the articles.
3. Instructions on how to create a correct hypothesis using an if/then/because statement.
4. Identification of the control group, independent or test variable, dependent or outcome variable and constants.
5. Real, actual data which was collected and provided to the students on a data table. Students will then follow the instructions on how to properly graph the data.
6. Questions about the data, making the students analyze and "think critically" about the data.
7. A guided way to write a conclusion.
This activity has been tested, piloted and revised to work best in 6th, 7th and 8th grade classrooms.