As a science teacher, my students and I are constantly going through the steps of the Scientific Method. We write them in our journals, they are posted on the wall, and we quiz over them regularly. Then we open our textbook, or log onto the internet only to find a multitude of experiments that are not following the steps that we’ve been working on. I want my investigations to follow the steps of the Scientific Method. So I have transferred 6 very basic 4th-6th grade science experiments into the steps of the Scientific Method. In each experiment students will be given a Question, Gather Information, Make a Hypothesis, Conduct the Investigation, Record Results, and Make a Conclusion. They all require only common household materials, and are easy enough to be done as individual homework assignments, (My students love to have a lab for homework!) or could be done very quickly as in-class labs.
Each lab is included in full page and ½ page format. I will sometimes have students copy the lab from the board onto an index card, and return it completed with a parent signature and a photograph.
An answer key is given, but as with any other labs, the hypothesis, r
results, and conclusions will all vary.
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