Scientific Method PowerPoint - Introduce the Scientific Method with this cute PowerPoint! The 30-slide presentation takes students through eight steps of the Scientific Method and demonstrates with a simple evaporation experiment. Special emphasis is placed on designing a fair test. Full PowerPoint text and notes are included for the teacher.
1. Ask a question.
2. Conduct research.
4. Design an experiment, or fair test.
5. Make observations.
6. Record results.
7. Draw conclusions.
8. Share results.
1. Question: Which will evaporate more, water in an open cup or water in a covered cup?
2. Research: A brief article teaches students about vapor pressure, explaining that water in an open container does evaporate, but only until the air in the container is saturated.
3. Hypothesis: A small amount of water will evaporate from a closed cup, and more water will evaporate from an open cup.
4. Fair Test: Text, illustrations, and actual photographs of the experiment demonstrate how a fair test compares, controls variables, uses scientific tools for observation and measurement, and replicates.
5. Observations: Photograph and text show that the open cups lost eleven or twelve milliliters of water, but the closed cups lost none.
6. Results: Photograph and text explain that it’s important to record observations.
7. Conclusions: Water in an open cup evaporates, but water in a closed cup does not evaporate.*
8. Communication: A bar graph organizes the results.
*Teacher notes explain how to use this conclusion as a springboard for modification of the experiment and further experimentation.
This PowerPoint may be used as a stand-alone lesson or with my Scientific Method Posters
. Both are included in Introduction to the Scientific Method
, a bundle that also provides lesson plans, scientific method planning sheets, a prompt for a scientific investigation, and a page of links to helpful text, videos, and simulations.
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