Just because something is science or science related, it doesn’t necessarily follow the scientific method. Sometimes our students have trouble distinguishing the difference, especially when Science Fair time comes along, right!? This packet not only helps students understand the difference, but it includes a game that helps student gain understanding while having fun. A great informal assessment, as well!
Table of Contents:
The Scientific Method Design with an explanation of each part
of the method. Suitable for students’ notebooks.
A blank scientific method sheet for an experiment.
An explanation of variables and constants. Suitable for
“No Demonstrations, Please”! Poster. Suitable for students’
“Testing Your Science Smarts” game. Questions are about
parts of the scientific method, topic vs. science question,
scenarios, scientific question or not, etc. (Includes board
game, rules and instructions for playing, score card, and 30
question cards with Answer Key.
A quiz on the Scientific Method with Answer Key.
Have fun with the Scientific Method! Hope this packet will prove helpful!
The National Science Education Standards states that "Scientific inquiry reflects how scientists come to understand the natural world, and it is at the heart of how students learn. From a very early age, children interact with their environment, ask questions, and seek ways to answer those questions. Understanding science content is significantly enhanced when ideas are anchored to inquiry experiences. Scientific inquiry is a powerful way of understanding science content. Students learn how to ask questions and use evidence to answer them. In the process of learning the strategies of scientific inquiry, students learn to conduct an investigation and collect evidence from a variety of sources, develop an explanation from the data, and communicate and defend their conclusions. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommends that all K–16 teachers embrace scientific inquiry and is committed to helping educators make it the centerpiece of the science classroom. The use of scientific inquiry will help ensure that students develop a deep understanding of science and scientific inquiry." (NSTA Position Statement: Science Inquiry. 2004, http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/inquiry.aspx.)