Teaching the Scientific Method: Instructional Strategies to Boost Student Understanding

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Grab your students’ attention with an exciting science demonstration. Then engage them in active learning as they explore each step of the scientific method. This is a perfect way to introduce and guide students in creating science fair projects and learning the concepts of scientific investigation.
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Overview


Grab your students’ attention with an exciting science demonstration. Then engage them in active learning as they explore each step of the scientific method. This is a perfect way to introduce and guide students in creating science fair projects and learning the concepts of scientific investigation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865306356
  • Publisher: Incentive Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/2004
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 510,397
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Demonstrations, Directions, and the Steps of the Method
Opening Demonstrations
Can Crush 10
Balloon in a Jar 11
Hole in the Water Bottle 12
Hammer and Ruler 13
Tissue and Cup 14
Cup Won't Burn 15
Directions: Building a Good Foundation 16
Following Directions 17
Giving Directions to Others 18
Blindfold Directions 19
Writing the Problem 20
Examples of Testable Problems 21
Conducting Research 22
Test, Research, Demonstration, or Model? 23
Quiz: Test, Research, Demonstration, or Model? 24
Developing a Hypothesis 25
Practice Writing a Hypothesis 26
Prediction Box 27
Dissolving Peanuts 28
Writing the Materials List 29
Writing the Procedure 30
Making a Peanut Butter Sandwich 31
Paper Clip Design 32
Collecting Data: Observation Skills 33
Change is in the Air 34
Peanut Identification 35
Data Measurement and Equipment Use 36
Measuring Length in Metrics 37
Metric Conversions (Length) 38
Measuring the Mass of Objects 39
Measuring and Converting Mass 40
Measuring and Converting Volume 41
Conversion of Volume Units 43
Density Demonstrations 44
Regular and Diet Drink 44
Sinking the Aluminum Foil 44
Density Stack 45
Measuring and Calculating Density 46
Metrics Quiz 48
Graphing Data 49
Graphing Examples 50
Writing the Conclusion 52
Sample Experiment Write-Up 53
Scoring Guide for the Experiment Write-Up 56
Review, Tests, and Projects
Weekly Journal Entries 58
Notes on the Scientific Method 59
Scientific Method Vocabulary & Definitions 60
Scientific Method Study Guide 61
Scientific Method Test A 62
Scientific Method Test B 65
Open-Response Questions & Rubrics 67
Neutralization 67
Energy Source for Plants 69
An Effective Science Fair Project 71
Appendix
Weekly Lesson Plan Form 74
Differentiation Checklist 75
Sample First Week Lesson Plan 76
Science Fair Judges' Rubric 77
Answer Key 78
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