Scientific Method Lab Activities

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4th - 8th, Homeschool
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Three scientific method lab activities to start your year off with a bang! The well known 'Drops on a Penny' is included, along with 'Spring a Leak?' and 'Where the Green Grass Grows.'FUN, EASY and CHEAP activities to start your year off! Your students will go home and rave to their parents about how much fun your science class is!

These are the PERFECT follow up to an introduction to the scientific method, but can also stand alone!

Materials needed for all 3: pennies, eyedroppers, cups of water, paper towels, plastic sandwich bags, sharp pencils, 2 pots, potting soil (or just soil from your back yard), grass seed, water.

'Drops on a Penny' takes about 30 minutes, 'Spring a Leak?' takes about 20-30 minutes and 'Where the Green Grass Grows is a long term ( 1-2 weeks/ about 5-10 minutes a day) project. You can easily vary the amount of background information you give to the students based on their grade level and ability. THIS IS GREAT HANDS-ON SCIENCE for grades 4-8. Have fun!

**TpT Digital Activity ALREADY created! The lab sheets can be assigned directly through Google Classroom!**

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**UPDATE 4/1/15**This pack now also contains a teacher's guide and pictures of 'what to expect' to help guide you along. Everything you need to know is right here!

**Update 7/3/19** I've added updated lab sheets for drops on a penny and where the green grass grows. There is now more information on lab sheets so that students are not required to write as much.

Update 7/11/2020** Updated lab sheets for a newer, more sleek appearance. Still the same great activities! I'm still using them!

Update 3/26/2022**Updated appearance. My students STILL love these!

Enjoy teaching again!!


Total Pages
11 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.


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