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Students evaluate a hypothetical experimental design and attempt to improve upon it. In this scientific method lesson, students are presented with an experiment and are instructed to determine its flaws. They conduct their own experiment using common materials and the scientific method.
Sixth graders design experiments to compare the amount of bacteria in river water to the amount in purified tap water. They explore how water purification removes bacteria and pollution from the water. Students examine the steps of the scientific method through their experimentation and analysis.
Let everyone bring out their inner Stan Lee, and practice creating visually-pleasing comic strips that represent and liven up their stories, essays, personal experiences, and the personality of the creator.
Festivals are a huge part of the human experience. Kids have the task of creating their own festival after analyzing the ornate Indian sculpture, Hunaman. They create a god or hero of their own, and then create a holiday to celebrate their creation. They write a vivid piece describing what a tourist would experience if attending their festival.
Students explore the active layer above permafrost and investigate various factors on the insulation value of the active layer. In this energy transfer lesson, students conduct and experiment to determine the effects of snow cover, vegetation, and/or soil moisture on the insulation value of permafrost.
After taking in background information on teeth, marble, eggshell, and fluoride, chemistry aces design an experiment. Their goal is to demonstrate whether or not fluoride has a similar effect on marble or eggshell as it does on tooth enamel. Although there are chemical reactions involved in the activity, the intent is to provide practice designing and revising a scientific inquiry. What makes this lesson stand out is the unique topic and the well-written instructor notes and student directions.
A presentation designed for educators is here for you. In it, a scientific program is laid out in great detail. The emphasis is on teaching kids about the outdoors by giving them many opportunities to be out in nature performing hands-on activities. The PowerPoint suggests many fine outdoor educational experiences, and has websites for educators to access in order to gain more information about these types of programs.
Art students are going to love designing and creating their own monuments. They discuss the purpose and power found in the carving of Mount Rushmore, then consider how and who they would like to immortalize through the sculptural process. They use any mediums available in the art room to create a copy or interpretation of Mount Rushmore; they explain their process to the class.
In this experimental design and homeostasis worksheet, students complete 20 sentences with key terms about designing experiments, gathering data, graphing data and determining controls. They also complete sentences about homeostasis and an experiment about muscle fatigue.
A terrific lesson plan focused on the design process. It begins with a presentation, "Design: Solve a Problem," which lists the steps of the process and then introduces the specific challenge: to build a device that measures wind speed. Cooperative groups come up with several suggested methods that meet the specific criteria. They choose one possibility and test it. Teacher tips, student worksheets, an answer key, and the PowerPoint are all provided