One of the things that I love about the NGSS is that students are given the task of designing their own experiments. This worksheet is the first step in the process of teaching them how to design their own experiment. This worksheet focuses on explicitly teaching students about independent variables, dependent variables and experimental controls.
This is a pdf document that links to a google document version of the activity.
* Student handout
* Teacher document with key and teaching tips.
* Link to a google document version that can be used directly in google classroom.
NGSS Standards Addressed
• Science and Engineering Practice 3: Planning and Carrying out Investigations (addresses one of five components)
Resource to build skills in middle school students and excellent review/sub plans for high school students.
Teaching duration approximately 90 minutes for middle school, 45 minutes for high school.