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Scientific inquiry is a so much fun, and the process of scientific inquiry is a skill that needs to be practiced just like any other. Learners with visual impairments engage in an introductory activity focused on teaching them about the inquiry process. Braille copies of the process of inquiry are read, round-robin style, and then each child will hold an apple and generate questions which will guide them as they investigate three pieces of fruit. They will discuss the inquiry process as they observe, hypothesize, and experiment with an apple, orange, and a peach.
Students explore the concept of scientific inquiry and observations, using magnetism. For this scientific inquiry lesson, students make distinctions regarding various objects describing which objects are magnetic and which are not. Students discover the scientific inquiry method as tool to organize scientific experiments.
Students review the components of the scientific inquiry method. In groups, they develop hypothesis on a variety of different topics and design an investigation or experiment to test it. They share their conclusions with the class and what could have been done differently.
Physics fanatics will light up over this mini-unit! Through a series of demonstrations, laboratory activities, and research reports, they learn the relationship between light and atoms, the behavior of waves, and the reason for element spectra. Scientific inquiry is practiced throughout. Take a look at this detailed lesson plan to see if you have the required equipment to put it to use with your advanced physics learners.
Delv into the states of Matter. Students engage in the scientific inquiry process to uncover the exciting world of Matter. They watch a series of videos, and conduct experiments in order to collect and analyze data on the various state of matter. This instructional activity included video links, web links, rubric, and all printable materials needed.
Young scholars review the components of the scientific inquiry method. In groups, they develop hypothesis on the issue given to them by their teacher and inquiry questions. They state the data in terms of qualitative and quantitative data. They design their own experiment and discuss their conclusions as a class.
Students use a map and the Cartesian coordinate system to establish a grid system over an archaeological site, labeling each grid unit. They also determine the location of artifacts within each grid unit and construct a scientific inquiry concerning the location of artifacts on the site.
In this lesson, 6th graders research and examine current theories behind the mass extinction of dinosaurs. After a discusion about the extinction of the dinosaurs, students discuss the two major extinction theories talked about in the program, the intrinsic volcanic eruption theory and the extrinsic meteorite theory.
Sixth graders investigate the various features of the process of the scientific inquiry as it relates to the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources. In this energy and conservation lesson, 6th graders explain the role of the sun as the major source of energy and its relationship to other forms of energy such as wind and water. Students then review the types of renewable and nonrenewable resources and how they relate to conservation.
Ninth graders explore how scientific knowledge and explanations change over time. In this scientific reasoning lesson, 9th graders investigate how inductive and deductive reasoning contribute to changes. Students engage in 3 different group activities, make observations, and create class presentations that show how their understanding of a scientific concept has changed.