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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
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
Skype With A Scientist Scientific Method Lesson Plan
Product Description
This lesson plan provides complete instructions for a project that has your students using Skype or another video conferencing program to ask a real scientist how she or he uses the scientific method. Through this project, students learn why the scientific method is important and they also discover the joy of science by talking with someone who has a career as a scientist. (This resource is also available in a Scientific Method Bundle, available HERE.)

Comments by the students after completing the project were overwhelmingly positive, with some students saying 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 that talking with a real scientist instead of just reading about what scientists do was a great experience. This lesson plan has been implemented with English Language Learners and native English-speaking students in 5th and 6th grades and it can also be used with students in other grades as well.

In this resource, you will find instructions for how to locate a scientist to talk to your class, how to organize your students into small groups to generate questions to ask, how to organize the actual video chat, and how to do a follow-up writing task. It will take 3 days to do all the activities in this project and this resource explains in detail what to do on each day.

Also included is a letter to send home to your students' families about the project, handouts for students, pages for the writing task, a challenge handout for early finishers or for the whole class if you wish, and checklists for evaluating students' writing. A list of the ELA Common Core standards that this product is aligned with is included, too, if you work in a CCSS state.

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 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
3 days
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