The Scientific Method is often taught as a flowchart procedure of steps. However, in research this is not how it actually occurs! This activity challenges students to think outside of that flowchart, and to realize that scientific discovery can take place in a number of different steps, which ultimately build to be inclusive of all the steps. The activity uses a Tangram puzzle that make three different squares (small, medium, and large), and as students build each square there are engagement questions to answer pertaining to that particular square.
*Activity Goal: Engagement with the Scientific Method in a non-flow chart method using a Tangram puzzle, and asking for logic-based responses during each Tangram construction (three total).
*Activity Time: 40 minutes
*Activity Prep: making copies (teacher can chose to cut out shapes beforehand)
*Supplies Required: scissors and copies
WHAT YOU GET:
1. Student packets (with & without shapes to cutout)
2. Teacher packet (includes Teacher Notes + Key)
3. Two sheets of shapes (1 with shapes together & 1 with shapes separate to challenge students)
*NOTE: PRINT ALL SINGLE-SIDED!!!
The zip file includes five separate PDF files.
There are two student versions, one with shapes to cut out and one without.
The teacher's version contains the Key and Teacher Notes to help run a successful activity.
Also included are two PDF files of the shapes only. One with them separate and one with two sets on a page to make them easier for the teacher to cut out.
The student version does not contain the copyright information to find the resource on Teachers Pay Teachers.