Designed to SUPPLEMENT and add interest and FUN to a Nature of Science Unit!
Includes 5 resources.
Design a Controlled Experiment Activity - 2 Versions - No Supplies Needed!
Famous Scientists & the Scientific Method Worksheets
Practice Identifying Variables Worksheet
"Eye on the Problem" Scientific Method Activity - No Supplies Needed!
Hypothesis & Variables Worksheet
Design a Controlled Experiment Activity:
Get kids THINKING about how they can put the Scientific Method to use in real life! 2 Versions - Each worksheet gives students 7 interesting questions such as "Are people who wear perfume more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes?" or "How does oil from an oil spill affect a bird’s feathers?". Students have to write a hypothesis to each question, and then describe an experiment that could be performed to test their hypothesis. They state the independent variable, the dependent variable and describe all of the controls that would need to be put into place. (14 total examples)
Famous Scientists & the Scientific Method Worksheets:
2 print-and-go worksheets, great for homework! Use famous scientists and their discoveries to review the scientific method, hypothesis, and variables! Each worksheet provides a brief reading about the famous scientist's major work (Sir Alexander Fleming - penicillin, Dr. Eijkman - vitamin B1), their hypothesis, experiment, and discoveries. There are then several follow up questions related to the steps of the scientific method, independent and dependent variables, and conclusions. Each of the two worksheets is independent of the other, and can be assigned separately.
Practice Identifying Variables Worksheet:
Students practice identifying independent and dependent variables in 9 different experiments, a few of which are a little humorous. They read the quick description, then identify each variable. This is great as a print-and-go homework assignment!
"Eye on the Problem" Scientific Method Activity:
NEEDS NO SUPPLIES! Fun - middle school kids get a kick out of staring at each other's eyes! Students are lead through each step of the Scientific Method step by step. They are given the problem "How does light affect the pupils of your eyes?", a little bit of background information, and then are asked to generate a hypothesis. From there, students are instructed to think of their own experiment. They must outline their procedure, independent variable, dependent variable, and the controls they would put in place. Then, they are instructed to DO IT. They perform the simple test they designed, collect data, and report the results in a conclusion section. There are a few simple follow-up questions, too. Kids love this activity, and it gives them a chance to practice the Scientific Method without the teacher having to buy anything. This could even be done as a homework assignment, but it's much more fun to have pairs do it in class.
Hypothesis & Variables Worksheet:
Students practice writing "If...Then" hypothesis statements and identifying independent and dependent variables! This worksheet gives students 17 interesting scenarios or questions. Students are instructed to write an "If...Then" hypothesis for each scenario. Then, they identify the independent and dependent variables within their statements. Great reinforcement activity!
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