One of my best selling items, has just gotten better! I've updated this tutorial to include more visuals, a better graph experience, and smoother transitions. This tutorial is a great way to review/learn the basic concept of the scientific method in ANY SCIENCE CLASS.
During this tutorial, students will click and read their way through animations, review questions, and various diagrams to illustrate/animate the basic patterns of the scientific method in a unique and easy to follow manner.
Students will begin with an introduction to the scientific method. They will progress their way through the work of two doctors as they test a new medication to determine it's effect on blood pressure. They will be asked to distinguish between the independent and dependent variable of an experiment and how to determine the control and experimental groups. They will then be shown how to properly create a graph and to analyze the collected data. As they finish, they will be given a set of review questions to check for understanding.
From the student point of view, this sure beats a 45 minute lecture as it is much more engaging. From the teacher point of view, this beats a 45 minute lecture as it allows the students to be engaged with the scientific method process. This is not a simple PowerPoint presentation where students are shown bullet point main ideas. This PowerPoint is a tutorial filled with creative animations and probing questions that require student answers in order to proceed.
I use these interactive tutorials as a way to introduce or reinforce the topic in question. I have found these tutorials to be very helpful as they allow the students to work at their own pace, go back to an early topic, or move forward. This tutorial was created with Microsoft Power Point, so you don't have to worry about installing unfamiliar software such as Flash and/or Macromedia. If you do not have PowerPoint, Microsoft has a FREE program called "PowerPoint viewer" that allows you to view any PowerPoint for free. You can download this program from Microsoft's website.
Once you download the $6 version, feel free to make multiple copies to use with your students. For instance, I burned a class set of CDs to use in my classroom. When we go to the computer lab to work on this tutorial, I simply pass out 1 CD to each student and they can then work at their own pace. I recollect the CDs when they have finished. This is a cheap way to have a class set of materials!
This download includes a total of four files::
1) The interactive PowerPoint tutorial
2) Student worksheet (pdf)
3) Editable student worksheet (Word)
4) Answer key (pdf)