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Young scholars use the scientific process to explore events that have occurred in the past such as plate tectonics or how the dinosaurs became extinct. They make observations, develop a hypothesis, and use evidence to test their hypothesis to see how well it holds up in light of the evidence they have.
Fourth graders study the water cycle and the different processes that are involved, like precipitation, evaporation, etc. They conduct an experiment observing the water cycle in action and write a hypothesis, observations and conclusions. They draw a picture that shows how the water cycle works.
Students discuss sunlight and rainbows. They view a picture of the visible light spectrum and discuss the differences in wave length for each color. Students discuss other differences in colors we see when using a prism. They discuss ways to test for differences. Students measure the temperature in different parts of the spectrum. They write a hypothesis about what will happen to each of the thermometers.
Students test the pH of everyday substances. In this chemistry lesson plan, students test the pH of household substances using litmus paper to classify substances as acids or bases, then use pH to test the validity of the claim that dock leaves are good for nettle stings.
In this scientific method and paper airplanes worksheet, students go through the steps of the scientific method to determine which paper airplane design is best. They complete 8 steps of the scientific method including stating the question, doing background research, stating a hypothesis, writing a procedure, collecting and recording data, analyzing the data, drawing conclusions and communicating results.
Students study the reaction on iron in water, air, and sodium chloride. They create a situation that shows this process and gives them the opportunity to hypothesize what, why, and how. They keep records and do an oral and written presentation on how the results supported or disproved their hypothesis.
In this problem solving learning exercise, students will conduct an experiment to answer this question: "How does watching too much television affect us?" Students will form a hypothesis, collect data, analyze their data, and draw a conclusion. This learning exercise has 7 short answer questions.
Looking for authentic hands-on nutritional experiments? High schoolers will perform experiments to test for the presence of vitamin C in several solutions as well as the effect of caffeine on Daphnia. They will also consider the advertising used to sell food regardless of its nutritional value. This is a very well composed lesson that provides extensions, vocabulary, and a lab experiment.
Students explore the benefits of having trees in urban areas. As a class, they brainstorm the benefits and disadvantages of having trees in the city. Students then record the temperature of shaded and non-shaded areas and compare their hypothesis to their actual information. They determine the reason if trees should be planted in their neighborhood.
Students as a class create a fountain using both coke soda, and mentos candy. In this science lesson, students test which combination of coke and mentos products produce the tallest fountain. Students use the scientific method to track their experiment. Students compare their data using mean, median, mode and range. When the experiment is done, students reflect back on their work and answer teacher provided questions.
Fourth and fifth graders engage in this impressive lesson which focuses on the causes of hurricanes and tropical storms. The use of video clips and Internet sites helps facilitate discussion amongst pupils which should lead them to a much-better understanding of hurricanes. A very fine lesson!
Young scholars explore the science behind the "Dead Zone" in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. In this ecological forecasting lesson plan, students do research on the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone and design an experiment to test their hypothesis as to why the "Dead Zone" exists in the Gulf of Mexico.