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Scientific Method

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Scientific Method

Megan is putting the final touch on her report for her submission to this year's science fair. Her real rocket scientist, aunt, Aurora, leads them through each step of the scientific method. From formulating the question and hypothesis, through test design and variable control to recording and visually reporting results students are given the opportunity to understand, identify and order the steps of the scientific method. Memory aids like a memorable rhyme and animating icons make abstract concepts more concrete.

Follow the steps of the Scientific Method fromm formulating the question and hypothesis, through test design and variable control to recording and visually reporting results.

  1. Students will learn the step by step process of the Scientific Method.
  2. Students will see how an experiment is done from Hypothesis to Reporting Results.
  3. Students will understand the importance of each step of the Scientific Method.

  1. Design an Experiment. Using what they have learned about the Scientific Method, have students work in groups to come up with a question, a hypothesis, and design an experiment using the scientific method. If there is time, have students test their hypothesis, and report their results to the class.
  2. Making connections. The Scientific Method is good practice for critical thinking skills. Review with students the different steps of the Scientific Method. Ask students to think about ways to apply these steps in other subjects: language arts, history, math, etc. Where might each step of this process be necessary in dealing with other individuals? What conclusions can you draw from repeated events in history? Ask students to brainstorm their thoughts, and present them to the class in their own way.