Lesson 1, The Scientific Method

Lesson 1, The Scientific Method
Lesson 1, The Scientific Method
Lesson 1, The Scientific Method
Lesson 1, The Scientific Method
Lesson 1, The Scientific Method
Lesson 1, The Scientific Method
Lesson 1, The Scientific Method
Lesson 1, The Scientific Method
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This is lesson 1 of an eleven part series on Scientific Practices (click for bundle), which supports Appendix F (Science and Engineering Practices) of the NGSS. All lessons are developed using the BSCS 5E instructional model for teaching and learning (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) with a 6th (Extend) added for good measure. The handouts are based on video materials found on the "How About Science?" website at Scientific Practices and the Scientific Method . Teachers should have access to a computer and projector or individual internet connected devices depending on your preference or your access to technology.

Two handouts and keys are provided. Choose either one, based on the time you have and the ability level of your students. The first handout is more detailed and will take more time to complete. The second handout is shorter and focuses more on main ideas. Your students can watch the video, fill out the handout and discuss the answers.

Here are a few things to consider. If students are working individually it is helpful, but not required to have headphones or earbuds. If the sound is kept low even a large class of students can be successful without them. Also, because students find the directions very easy to follow, these are perfect for substitute teachers. And, because the videos are online, students with internet connections at home don't have to be at school to complete an assignment. My classes are typically action packed with labs and activities, but these video-based lessons require careful listening and focus. My classes are never quieter, which is kind of nice on occasion.

Note! I would suggest doing a trial run before purchasing if you plan to have a large class of students working at individual computers. Internet connection speeds vary which may cause videos to load slowly. You might have everyone log on and try my free resource on TpT (or just go to a lesson and choose something) just to be sure you aren't going to have connection issues. If you do, then you can always project the videos and complete the handouts as a group.

This lesson emphasizes that scientific investigations are often sparked by curiosity, which results in a question that can be answered using the scientific method. Introductions to the concepts of observations, inferences and questioning are provided. Please emphasize that the steps of the scientific method are logical, but may vary depending on the nature of the question.

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