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This bundle powerfully presents the scientific method. Lesson plans, a slideshow, graphic organizers, experiments, and posters feature simple, straightforward processes.
- Lesson Plans – The lesson plans explain the objective, rationale, instructional progression, and differentiation. A sample schedule for six days of instruction is also provided.
- Slideshow – Available in PowerPoint or Google Slides, the 30-slide editable presentation takes students through eight steps and demonstrates with a simple evaporation experiment. Special emphasis is placed on designing a fair test. Complete text and notes are provided for the teacher.
- Posters – 21 posters feature the steps of the Scientific Method and components of a fair test. Since terminology varies from classroom to classroom, some posters come in several versions.
- Graphic Organizers - Available as printable PDFs, paperless Google Slides, or shareable TpT Digital Activities, these organizers work for any investigation.
- Experiments – A one-page article provides information on factors influencing evaporation (temperature, surface area, humidity, wind, and water purity) and acts as a springboard for students to plan their own investigations. They are also available in printable and digital versions.
- Learning Links - Just click and go to supportive text, videos, and simulations on the Internet!
- Questions - Designed for any experiment, this one-page guide will help your students focus on processes and vocabulary.
Steps in Scientific Method
The PowerPoint and posters address the following steps. (Variations in terminology are addressed, and alternative posters are included.)
- Ask a question.
- Conduct research.
- Design experiment. (Design a fair test.) (Test the hypothesis.)
- Make observations.
- Record results. (Collect data)
- Draw conclusions.
- Share results. (Communicate.)
To simplify reporting, the graphic organizers and investigations ask kids to write a question, hypothesize, design a fair test/experiment, record results, ad draw conclusions.
Components of a Fair Test:
The PowerPoint, posters, and scientific investigation also discuss how to design a fair test.
- Control variables.
- Use tools.
- Introduce Scientific Method and model process with PowerPoint presentation. Discuss sample planning sheets. Display posters.
- Have students read the evaporation article.
- Place students in groups. Ask each group to develop one scientific question about evaporation based on the article. Conduct further research, if desired.
- Ask students to use the Scientific Method to design a fair test.
- Carry out the experiments; record results and draw conclusions.
- Use Create-a-Graph (free online tool) or other method to communicate results.
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