Following the scientific method is a big task that needs several stages to be finished, each of which requiring its own thinking skills.
In this kit, the scientific method has been chunked into nine stages. A thinking routine has been created for each one. Each thinking routine is divided into three tasks.
Twenty seven clear tasks to perform in a logical order for the students to master the scientific method.
Each routine is described in one sheet, followed by three sheets one per task for the students to respond to. Each task starts with a command term, the definition of which is given.
The next page shows the general structure of the task sheet.
The whole kit can be printed out and given as hand out to the students. They go step by step performing the tasks and filling the response sheets, to end up doing the scientific method starting from the idea and ending up with writing the report.
Thinking routines are clusters of thinking skills that can be used together to chunk the process of thinking into several stages, so each one can be efficiently finished before moving on to the next stage.
Command terms are instructional verbs that each gives instructions for a specific task to perform. Each term is defined so the task is very clear. The definition for the command terms in this kit are the ones adopted by the IB organization.
When thinking routines are written using command terms, then students know exactly how to proceed when using it.
Not only that, knowing how to write thinking routines using the command terms enables the teacher to create his/her own one based on the need.
A word document has been added to summarize every thing in one sheet for the teacher's reference.