This complete unit on the scientific method includes the following sections:
Section 1: Observations & Inferences
Section 2: Scientific Method Basics
Section 3: Designing an Experiment (Investigation Design)
Section 4: Data Analysis, Basic Graphing,Forming Conclusions & 2 different options for students to design their own experiment and carry out the steps of the scientific method.
Section 5: Review assignments and unit test
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Each section comes with learning assignments, activities, a quiz, and an enrichment and intervention assignment.
All lessons include a complete formal lesson plan, student handouts in multiple versions to be used for differentiation, and homework assignments.
Section 1: 3 Instructional lessons on Observations & Inferences including qualitative and quantitative observations, 2 homework assignments, 1 quiz, and one intervention and enrichment assignment (approximately 6 class periods)
Section 2: 2 instructional lessons on scientific method basics. These lessons include an activity, reading, questions on the reading, concept map that goes with the reading, a practice assignment, and a mini research assignment. Also includes 1 quiz and one intervention and enrichment assignment. (approximately 4-5 class periods)
Section 3: 2 instructional lessons on designing an experiment (investigation design- controlled experiment, control group, experimental group, independent(manipulated) and dependent (responding) variables), 1 quiz, and one intervention and enrichment assignment. The lessons include a class lab activity, a reading, and 2 practice assignments- one in which they evaluate the design of sample experiments. (approximately 5 class periods)
Section 4: 5 instructional lessons on data analysis (including creating and reading data tables), basic graphing (circle or pie graphs, bar graphs, & line graphs- both reading the graphs and making graphs), forming conclusions, and applying all of these aspects to their own experiment. Additionally, this section includes one quiz, an intervention and enrichment assignment, a homework assignment, and instruction on how to write a formal lab report.
(approximately 8 class periods)
Section 5: 2 Review assignments and a unit exam
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Scientific Method Unit
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