There are 6 different scenarios included in this product. When I implemented this in my classroom, I did it at the beginning of my unit on scientific investigations to assess my students' background knowledge of this topic. It worked out really well, and because there were so many different scenarios, the partners really took ownership of their own scenario because they felt like they were the "experts" at their own scenario.
Here is how I implemented this activity in my classroom:
- started off my Scientific Investigations unit by presenting students with this assignment.
- students worked in partners to answer questions about their scenario (controls, independent variables, dependent variables, and investigation plan)
- students drew a picture of their investigation on the back of the paper
- partners presented their scenarios to the class; during presentation time, I was able to pose questions to the students presenting and to the audience to clarify what controls and variables were
- this assignment was NOT graded and the students were okay with that...everyone did their work even when they knew they weren't graded on it!
- as we progressed through the unit and took notes on the various skills involved in an investigation, I would refer to the students' scenarios so that they could make a connection to something that was relevant to them (for example, when learning about the connection between information gathered and making a hypothesis, I had the students reflect back on their scenario and discuss what information was used to make the hypothesis)
Even though this assignment was relatively easy and quick, the effects of it were long-lasting throughout the remainder of the unit. Even as students were taking their final assessment on this unit, and they were puzzled about controls, I would review with them what they had come up with in their scenario and then I would see the "aha!" look as they excitedly went back to the assessment to answer the question!
**TPT thumbnails are not accurate - each page in the product has 2 copies of the same scenario so that the worksheet can be cut in half when printed out and copies are made