Scientific Method Lesson, Observation Skills

Scientific Method Lesson, Observation Skills
Scientific Method Lesson, Observation Skills
Scientific Method Lesson, Observation Skills
Scientific Method Lesson, Observation Skills
Scientific Method Lesson, Observation Skills
Scientific Method Lesson, Observation Skills
Scientific Method Lesson, Observation Skills
Scientific Method Lesson, Observation Skills
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This is a 700 slide PowerPoint presentation with built-in class notes (red slides), challenge questions with answers, built-in lab activities, 4 pages of worksheet that follow slideshow activities, projects ideas, video links, 2 page homework, answer keys, lesson notes, and more. I look forward to teaching from this PowerPoint every year. It's always been a student favorite and incredibly visual.

This PowerPoint begins describing in a series of slides that Science is a... 1) A study of natural phenomenon 2) A systematic method and study, 3) Knowledge through experience. A second set of step by step slides discuss what makes a good scientist - 1.) Is Safe, 2.) Accurate, Precise, Methodical 3) Unbiased, Seeker of Truth, 4) Can find solutions, reasons, and can research, 5) Works in all weather conditions, 6)Can overcome obstacles, 7) Collaborates with others. Next the PowerPoint describes how science should attempt to remove personal experiences from the scientific process. The PowerPoint then describes how science writing avoids the use of personal pronouns. An activity is presented where students are asked to pass three objects around their table to the students near them. They are then asked to write a paragraph about the experience without the use of personal pronouns. After, a paragraph is presented and the class as a whole points out the personal pronouns. A series of slides describes all of the branches of science and describes how all of them use the scientific method. A very detailed diagram unfolds one slide at time so students can record it in their journal / notebook about the steps in the scientific method. Observation is then described and a series of neat activities follow. Students are asked to observe a photograph for thirty seconds and answer questions about it on the next slide without the picture. My favorite part is I show a shed and ask what color the roof was. Everyone in the last seven years always says black. The trick is that you can't see the roof in the picture. (observation vs. Construction) More really neat pictures and questions follow. These activities are some my favorite all year. Some more optical illusions and playing with brain slides follow. A great activity about the scientific method and the stem gall fly (Goldenrod) is described. Teacher must collect stem galls prior to lesson (They are described in the PowerPoint and exist in many areas). Butter knives work well to open up the galls and the students find a larvae inside. This is always a neat activity. Directions and follow-up questions with answers are provided. A detailed section of this PowerPoint is dedicated to types of variables and students find the problem, dependent, and independent variable and discuss control in a series of experiments. A paragraph explains the experiment and then the students describe the problem, variables, and control. Answers are provided. Another neat activity has the students pretend to go on a rafting trip and they have to choose a brand of soda to bring. The activity is framed that a rapid downstream will flip the raft. Teacher presents the types of soda, provides some buckets filled with water and has the students collect info on the soda. Teacher provides many sugary soda options which all sink because of their higher density and one brand of diet soda which will float. Students can then measure density of the soda, compare sugar levels, and other neat fact gathering, and experimentation before coming together with a final conclusion. This is a really neat and simple activity that gets kids following the scientific method, researching, working together, and problem solving. A neat guess the picture hidden beneath the boxes concludes the PowerPoint which reveals a picture as each slide removes some boxes from the foreground. This is a great PowerPoint that works for any science class. Please see my entire Science Skills Unit described below before purchasing this PowerPoint.

Science Skills Unit on TpT
Science Skills Entire Unit

This unit includes all of the lessons below in one organized folder....
-Science Skills Unit Homework Package, Lesson Notes, and PowerPoint Freebies
-Lab Safety Lesson (200 Slides, HW, Notes, and more)
-Microscopes and Magnification Lesson (357 Slides, HW, Notes, and much more)
-Metric System and Base Units Lesson (900 Slides, HW, Notes and much more)
-Scientific Notation Lesson
-Volume and Density Lesson (200 Slides, HW, Notes and more)
-Scientific Method, Lab Set-up, Observation Lesson (575 Slides, HW, Notes, and more)
-Science Skills Unit PowerPoint Review Game with Answers
-Science Skills Unit Crossword Puzzle with Solution
-Science Skills Unit Flash Cards

Entire Curriculum that I offer on TpT
Entire 4 year Science Curriculum, 20 Full Units (50,000 Slides) HW, Notes, and much more

This PowerPoint includes critical notes (Red Slides), exciting visuals, challenge questions, activities with directions and more. Text is usually placed at the top of the slide so it can be read from all angles of a classroom. Color coded slides, as well as a shade technique is used to increase student focus and allows the teacher to control the pace of the lesson. These PowerPoints are meant to be interactive as possible and ask many questions, provides built in review opportunities, explains directions to activities, and much more. Transition effects are never used.

Please visit my other posting on TpT called The Science Skills Unit which includes this PowerPoint within the 2,500+ slide PowerPoint roadmap, 12 page bundled homework / assessment, 9 page modified assessment, detailed answer keys, and 12 pages of unit notes for students who may require assistance that chronologically follow the PowerPoint slideshow. The answer keys and unit notes are great for support professionals. This larger file also includes PowerPoint review games (110+ slides with Answers), 4 .flv videos, lab handouts, activity sheets, rubrics, materials list, templates, guides, and much more. Also included is a 190 slide first day of school PowerPoint presentation. Everything arrives in editable format and can be modified to fit any curriculum or time requirement.

The following are covered in this unit in great detail:
Lab Safety, Lab Safety Equipment, Magnification, Microscopes, Stereoscopes, Hand Lenses, Electron Microscopes, Compound Light Microscopes, Parts of a Compound Microscope, Metric System, International System of Units, Scientific Notation, Base
Units, Mass, Volume, Density, Temperature, Time, Other SI Units, Observation, Inferences, Scientific Method, What is Science? What makes a good scientist? Types of Scientists, Branches of Science, Scientific Method, Hypothesis, Observations, Inferences.

I also sell all 20 Units as a digital hard good on TpT. This includes all 20 units (50,000 slides), in Life, Earth, and Physical Science for students in grades 5-10, This also includes 275 pages of bundled homework that chronologically follows each unit, 175 pages of modified assessments, 325 pages of answer keys, 260 pages of unit notes, 40+ PowerPoint review games (5000+ slides), hundreds of lab activities with questions and answers, hundreds of project ideas, 315 videos, hundreds of pages of handouts, First Day PowerPoint, Guidebook, and Four Year Curriculum Guide and Classroom License.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thanks again and best wishes.

Ryan Murphy M.Ed

Below are the links to the 20 units of study that I offer on TpT for individual purchase. All of these are included in the curriculum purchase.

Physical Science Units
Science Skills Unit
Laws of Motion and Simple Machines Unit
Matter, Energy, and the Environment Unit
Atoms and Periodic Table of the Elements Unit

Physical Science Curriculum
Physical Science Bundle Package (4 Units)

Life Science Units
Human Body Systems and Health Topics Unit
Cellular Biology Unit
Infectious Diseases Unit
DNA and Genetics Unit, Cell Division
Taxonomy and Classification Unit
Evolution and Natural Selection, Change Topics Unit
Botany Unit
Ecology Feeding Levels Unit
Ecology Interactions Unit
Ecology Abiotic Factors Unit

Life Science Curriculum
Life Science Bundle Package (10 Units)

Earth Science Units
Weathering, Soil Science, Soil Conservation, Ice Ages, Glaciers Unit
Astronomy Topics Unit
Geology Topics Unit
Weather and Climate Unit

Earth Science Curriculum Bundle
Earth Science Curriculum (6 Units)

Water, Water Quality, Rivers, Lakes, and Fish Units
Water on Earth, Properties of Water, Water Pollution Unit
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit (Salmon, Fish, and more)

Below is a link to view this curriculum in greater detail. You will find a PowerPoint tour, how a unit works guide, curriculum possibilities, standards, and many free samples.
Curriculum Tour

Best wishes,

Science from Murf LLC

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