I created this assignment several years ago. It is a real-world example that perfectly links to the scientific method. Let's face it, by the time students reach high school they have gone over the steps of the scientific method over and over. Now, lets implement and see what they know.
This activity includes several steps, it may work as a two day assignment or you could start part in class and finish the rest as homework. Using either the link or QR code provided (allows kids to use their cell phones), students watch a youtube Bill Nye video about Germ Theory. Then they create a mini-poster (on printer paper) to organize this theory into the steps of the scientific method. To take this further and provide practice in scientific writing, I have my students complete a CER form. I included the question "Are microorganisms responsible for illness?" They need to refer to the evidence in the video in order to answer the question.
I use this assignment in the first week of school.
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