Independent Variable vs Dependent Variable Practice: Scientific Method

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My high school students still struggle with keeping it straight. By now they do know the scientific method pretty well, and can set up their own experiments and analyze other experiments. But they do still confuse which variable is called Independent and which is called Dependent, and which axis they will be graphed on.

I created this practice activity to use as a quick refresher to help my students practice naming variables and setting up the axis on a graph. It is simple enough that upper elementary students and middle school students can use it, but gives my high school students a quick reminder and just enough practice to set them up for success.

In this activity, students are paired up and given some sample experiment scenarios. Students must decide what will be tested, basic experiment set up / procedure, identify the variables, and set up a basic graph that predicts the results.

Students then share with the class. The class takes notes on each other's experiments by quickly identifying the Independent and Dependent Variables and setting up their graph.

In this 6 page Word document, you will receive 1 page of teacher notes. There is one page with 9 sample experiments (I often encourage my students to come up with their own - the more far out and crazy the better). There are 4 pages of the Student Worksheet. I print the student worksheet shrunk down, 2 per side, to give the students one piece of paper for the activity.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions prior to purchase. Thanks!

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6 pages