Scientific Method: MYSTERY CONTAINER INQUIRY LAB! 3 Differentiated Levels

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Need a FUN twist for the scientific method and scientific inquiry? Want to engage your whole class and develop presentation skills with healthy scientific debates? Need a great individual or group lab? Then this is the activity for you!

3 different versions of the same lab. Differentiated for your classroom!

Level 1: Students are given 12 mystery containers (film canisters or small containers of your choice). Objects are placed in each container and students hypothesize the object inside. To come up with a logical hypothesis, students record data based on manipulating the container without opening it or damaging it (i.e. rolling, shaking, tipping, weight, etc.).

Level 2 and Level 3: Students are given 12 mystery containers (film canisters or small containers of your choice). These 2 levels are provided with both object descriptions and images. Each of the 12 objects are given 2 descriptions with varied difficulty and word style/difficulty. Objects are placed in each container and students hypothesize the object inside. To come up with a logical hypothesis, students record data based on manipulating the container without opening it or damaging it (i.e. rolling, shaking, tipping, weight, etc.).

This is a very special cut and paste, Smartboard, or Velcro and laminate activity that challenges many learners based on how the information is presented. The instructor decides the difficulty! This has been used on a 4th grade science day with high acclaim.

This works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.

Also, perfect for homeschooling!

WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! The application to a diverse body of learners, whether it be age or ability level, is predicated on the fact that the instructor determines the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).

This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.

A great addition to your scientific method and inquiry lab teaching library.

Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently used and has been very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 4th – 9th within multiple schools - public, private, and charter.

This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.

Answer key provided.

Our goal is your satisfaction! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will promptly assist you. Your feedback is very valuable to us as we strive to produce the highest quality products possible.

*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence*

Sincerely,

Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
"Southern Science Specialists"

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Scientific Method:  MYSTERY CONTAINER INQUIRY LAB!  3 Diff
Scientific Method:  MYSTERY CONTAINER INQUIRY LAB!  3 Diff
Scientific Method:  MYSTERY CONTAINER INQUIRY LAB!  3 Diff
Scientific Method:  MYSTERY CONTAINER INQUIRY LAB!  3 Diff
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