Skype With A Scientist Scientific Method Lesson Plan

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5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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Supplement your teaching of the scientific method with this great activity that your students are sure to enjoy! This three-day project, offered here in the form of a very detailed lesson plan with accompanying handouts, has students first working in small groups to generate questions to ask a scientist; then, using Skype or another video conferencing program, they talk to the scientist in real time and ask their questions. By talking with a real scientist, students learn why the scientific method is important and how it is used in actual scientific work. A writing assignment follows and lets the students demonstrate what they learned about the scientific method and being a scientist. This product also includes a challenge handout which can be used for students who finish their writing early or as an additional writing task for the whole class. Checklists for evaluating both writing tasks are included. A letter to send home to families about the project is also provided, as are handouts for students on which they can write their questions and the responses provided by the scientist during the video conference. Pages for writing the first draft and the final copy of the writing assignment are included as well and a page listing the ELA Common Core standards that this product is aligned with is included, too.

This lesson plan has been implemented with English Language Learners and native English-speaking students in fifth and sixth grades who were learning about the scientific method and it can also be used with students in other grades. Comments by the students in their pieces of writing were overwhelmingly positive, with some students saying that they never realized the scientific method was so important, that becoming a scientist was now at the top of their list of potential jobs, and talking with a real scientist instead of just reading about what scientists do was a great experience. The time involved in planning this activity is well worth it!

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What you get in this product:

★ A table of contents for easy reference (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher section with background information (2 pages)

★ A list of ELA Common Core standards addressed in this product (1 page)

★ Sample Model Performance Indicators (MPIs) for teachers who have ELLs in their classes (1 page)

★ The lesson plan, with a very detailed explanation of how to implement it (5 pages)

★ A letter to send home to families explaining the activity (1 page)

★ Sample questions for students to ask, if needed (1 page)

★ A handout for students for writing their small group's questions (1 page)

★ Pages for students to write responses from the scientist to their questions during the Skype activity (5 pages)

★ Pages for writing the first draft of the writing assignment (2 pages)

★ Pages for writing the final copy of the writing assignment (2 pages)

★ An assessment checklist for evaluating the students' writing assignments (1 page)

★ A challenge handout with another writing task, for early finishers or for the whole class (1 page)

★ An assessment checklist for evaluating the challenge handout writing task (1 page)

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Total Pages
27
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
3 Days

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Skype With A Scientist Scientific Method Lesson Plan
Skype With A Scientist Scientific Method Lesson Plan
Skype With A Scientist Scientific Method Lesson Plan
Skype With A Scientist Scientific Method Lesson Plan
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