Your students will be fully engaged and learning when they complete this fun and engaging hands-on lab! This has been a great way for my students to learn and retain the often confusing concept of independent and dependent variables. I use this as a conclusion and reinforcement activity for my scientific method unit. This lab is exciting for students, and covers important academic topics (hypothesis, independent variables, dependent variables, and experimental design). Addresses many common core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). NO PREP REQUIRED! Only a few simple office supplies (paperclips, tape) are required. Bundle includes: Student lab sheets sized for interactive notebooks (NO SHRINKING ON PHOTOCOPIER REQUIRED), teacher keys, additional resources links and videos for enriching this lesson, student worksheet perfect for classwork or homework, and an acronym that I’ve found to be a great memory retention tool for this concept. Although I use interactive notebooks, this lab still would be fun and successful for classrooms that do not utilize interactive notebooks. Lesson was created for upper elementary and middle school students and enriches the concepts hypotheses, independent variables, dependent variables, and experimental design while reinforcing many common core standards (such as: “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.”).
Approximately one to three class periods in length (as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class). Created by Mister Science
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Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) addressed in this lesson:
Science and engineering practices
Planning and carrying out investigations to answer questions or test solutions to problems in 6–8 builds on K–5 experiences and progresses to include investigations that use multiple variables and provide evidence to support explanations or design solutions.
Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence that can meet the goals of the investigation.
These standards are covered when students observe a paper helicopter that is not modified, decide on a modification to make to their helicopter (independent variable), and then develop a hypothesis predicting how that change will impact the performance of the helicopter (dependent variable).
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