Scientific Method Lesson Plans
- Ask the
Antlion- Students learn about basic biological principles through
using the scientific processes of observation and recording as they examine
live insects (antlions).
Solvents- Students will investigate the effects of solvents in cleaning
by designing and carrying out an experiment utilizing the steps of the
scientific method. A video is used as an introduction to the concept of
Different- In this first lesson of the Unit Plan, What Makes Me Who
I Am, students study why scientists need to use observable characteristics,
how they sort the characteristics, and why they do so. Journal entries
allow students to reflect and make inferences.
You! Want to Become a Scientist?- Students prepare and give oral presentations
about assigned scientists and the accomplishments of the scientists after
completing research and written reports on their subjects. To make this
interesting and fun for the students and teacher, each student can be
instructed to create and wear a costume to "become" their designated scientist.
Assumptions Can Get You In Trouble- Little deceptive problem stories
are presented to the class, and students are challenged to solve each
problem by asking only yes/no questions.
the Washer- A closed box is shown to the class. It can be seen that
3 wires run through the box lengthwise and 3 more run through it widthwise,
creating a grid of 6 crossed wires.
Minds Want To Know - Inquiring minds participate in an inquiry-based
lesson plan which has them construct an experiment in a scientifically
valid way that will shed light on the controversy of nature vs nurture.
This is lesson three of the unit, Twin Traits.
- Introduction to the
Scientific Method- The main objective of this lesson is to get the
students involved in a class activity while introducing the process of
the scientific method.
- It Won't
Budge: Balloon- Through use of a "silent teacher" demonstration, students
use the scientific method to discover the principle behind the balloon
not being inflated.
- Mystery Powder
Investigation- During this lesson, students will work individually
to identify a mystery powder.
Shell Observation- Students use oyster shells to observe and identify
specific attributes and communicate those in writing to other classmates.
This activity helps students to master proper scientific observation and
Pachyderms- This lesson is built around the poem by John Godfrey Saxe
(1816-1887): "The Blind Men and the Elephant".
- Plants, Soil,
and Nutrients- In this hands-on activity, students will conduct an
experiment that will help them understand the functions of plants. Furthermore,
the students will use the scientific method to assist them in their explorations.
Green, and Blue Mystery Liquids! Hypothesis or Inference?- Students
are actively involved in the scientific method and inquiry as they form
quick hypotheses based upon a teacher set of mystery liquids. Students
will determine they need to make additional observations of the liquids
to test their initial hypotheses and form inferences.
- Roll With
The Punches: Depression Era Machinery- Groups construct models of
simple and complicated machines with Legos. Then they design an experiment
using the scientific method.
Scientific Method- Children appreciate that the scientific method
is trial and error. Children understand the scientific process, beginning
with the problem, then stating the hypothesis.
- The Scientific Method
Using Mystery Powders- Use a gift wrapped box as a motivational technique
to introduce the scientific process/method.
Method and Crystal Growth- Students use a hands-on experiment in crystal
growth to learn about the nature of science as inquiry. In addition to
science as inquiry, the students will learn about mineral crystallization
and rates of crystal growth.
- Scientific Method
- "The Big Ahah"- The students will be able to use the scientific
method, understand it's importance to good scientific experimentation
and provide justification for it's use.
a Problem with the Scientific Method- Students will use the scientific
method to determine the similarity or difference in 2 liquids.
Delight- Students are introduced to the scientific method to complete
experiments on the sun and find out how heat from the sun has varying
effects depending on the surface it strikes.
Termites to Discover- Students utilize open inquiry and the scientific
method to discover how termites respond to their environment.
- Up, Up
and Away with the Scientific Method- Up, Up and Away with the Scientific
Method introduces the scientific method to kick off the school year or
as science fair time arrives. Help your students use the scientific method
to design a way for a balloon to be suspended between the floor and ceiling.
- Wet Heads
- The lesson will enable students to complete a lesson of scientific inquiry
and use the steps in the scientific method to solve a problem. Students
will determine the amount of water drops needed to cover the heads of
various coins, including a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.
The purpose of this lesson is to practice using the scientific method
with a theoretical problem and provide students with the information management
skills necessary to understand and creatively analyze the cause and effect(s)
of an event.