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Using M&M candies students will learn the steps of the scientific method. They will learn to write a question, hypothesis, and procedure. Then they will record and analyze data in a data table (along with collecting data from other groups and calculating averages) and then draw a graph. Students will then write a well developed conclusion (utilizing writing skills across subject areas!) and then develop 2 new questions that can be answered doing a similar activity. Appropriate vocabulary is also included.
Doing this activity makes it easy to incorporate a writing activity into your science lesson.
This activity is appropriate for middle school level students and I have used it in my own 8th grade Physical Science class and 7th Grade Life Science class for years. They love this activity!
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