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Scientific Method Activities
Old 08-18-2008, 05:43 PM
 
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Does anyone have any simple yet engaging activities that would be appropriate for intermediate grades for studying the scientific method?


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One good activity is what I call The Ice Balloon Experiment. Students work in pairs and they have to come up with an experiment to perform on an ice balloon (frozen water balloon). They have to come up with a scientific question that can be answered using materials we have in class. If you are interested in the worksheets I give my students PM me and I'll send them to you. For a final project I have students do a LifeSaver Project. They have to come up with an experiment to do on Life Savers. My students really like these projects. Just let me know if you are interested in the info. I can't seen to attach anything.
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I have attached a worksheet for dissolving m&m's in different liquids. We put them in vinigar, saltwater, sugarwater, tap water, and lemon juice. We tried plain m&m's and penut m&m's. Each group choose a different color to test and then they compared their results.
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foil boat
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In this activity, students are given a 5x5 square of tinfoil, a bucket of water, and pennies. They try to create a boat that will hold the most amount of pennies.
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Interested New Mex!!
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I am very interested. These sound like attention getter projects!
I would love to have the worksheets you have on them. Thank you for your help and time.


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Thank you K-T!!
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Thank you K-T. I like these ideas as well. We will be working on this unit for 19 days so this is a great start to a collection of hands-on experiments. Thanks!!
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Ramp races: cover plywood ramps with different materials, cloth, foil, plastic, etc. Roll hotwheels down them to see which surface creates the most friction, and affects speed.

I have done the ice balloon activity that New Mex Teacher suggested. At the end we crushed the ice and used it to make ice cream in plastic bags. A heat transfer lesson.

Let me know if you would like more ideas.
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As many as you can think of...
Old 08-19-2008, 12:36 PM
 
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I'm taking notes to turn into lessons. The more ideas the more to choose from. Also any templates you have created or collected to go with these activities. Thanks for all the great ideas K-T!
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Paper airplanes
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Another thing would be to have students use the scientific method using paper airplanes of different shapes to predict which would fly further with the same amount of force etc.
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paper airplanes
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Here's my paper airplane template. We marked off 5 ft. sections on the playground and tested the same fold on two different sizes of paper.

As you can see, some of the worksheets have more blank spaces for the students to fill out than others. When they got really good at it, I had them make their own.
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We did two ramp activities, one they tested ramp height the other was the ramp surfaces.
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Here's the other ramp worksheet.
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I get many of my science activities from
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Then I make my own worksheets or set it up to follow the scientific method.
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put a can of diet coke and reg. coke in water. diet floats and reg. coke sinks. Have students use the scientific method to figure out why. of course, it is the sugar in the reg. coke.
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Thank you so much for your ideas and forms! I stumbled on this topic accidently and was so happy I took the time to read it. Your science curriculum topics fit with mine so nicely

Thanks again!
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a couple of ideas
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I do several mini-investigations that focus on each step of the scientific method. Here are some possibilities:
- I like to tell the story of Louis Pasteur's life as a interesting hook to what is science (exploring, curiosity, asking how and why)- asking questions
- to practice asking good scientific questions & developing hypotheses: how many pennies will fit in the almost-full jar of water before it overflows? (this always fools them!), how many pretzels can a science student eat in 2 minutes? (this fools them too- they love it!) which will hit the ground first when dropped from the same height- a ping pong ball or a golf ball (tell the Galileo/Leaning Tower of Pisa story)? which will water pour out of faster: a bottle with one hole or two? which will bounce higher: a ping pong ball or a tennis ball?

- for teaching observations, I use SCUMPS (Size Colour Use Materials Parts Shape), which is a good mnemonic throughout the year. I ask: How can you tell a hardboiled egg from a raw egg? or I give groups four pieces of chocolate bars, ask them to SCUMP each piece and then have the group use the SCUMPS to match to each piece, then if they get them all right, they can eat the chocolate; I've also had them SCUMPS a penny and then see if they can find someone's penny from a big pile of pennies just using the SCUMPS description (for homework, they SCUMPS a fruit or veggie in their fridge and we see if we can guess it the next day. Then I reinforce that the best kind of characteristic to describe is a structural characteristic- this is what the biological classification system is built on- so Materials and Parts are the most useful SCUMPS descriptors).

Anyways, hope there's something useful here. I like the book "Teaching Science Process Skills" for the start of the year.
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:14 PM
 
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I'm looking for simple and fun ways to engage my students. I teach a general science, life science and earth science class. I would like copies of your ice balloon and life saver project worksheets. Thanks.
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Balloon and Life Saver information
Old 09-07-2008, 06:35 AM
 
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New Mex - Thanks for posting. These experiments sound interesting & fun. I would love to get more information on them.
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How much of each liquid did the students use to dissolve the candy? Also how much salt and sugar did the students use to make the saltwater and sugarwater?
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I do a weekly science project in my class called the Traveling Scientist. I wish I could take credit for this activity cause its awesome but its from a coupld teachers that work in my district who put it together. A student is chosen each week to create a science project to present to the class using the Scientific Method.

I decorated an old college backpack with science words, graphics, etc. Then put in about 5 used science experiment books that i purchased at like thrift stores, yard sales, etc. Inside I have a folder that has a letter to the parents, a filled out example of the scientific method worksheet, and an empty scientific method worksheet that they fill out.

But with students repeating this process and reviewing it weekly with experiments it makes it enjoyable for the students scientifically with a review.

I have the worksheets and I am sure I uploaded them before on here--try looking in the archives and if not message me and I will get them rescanned and send them to you.
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Ice balloon and life saver project too please
Old 11-05-2008, 04:12 AM
 
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These sound like just what I need for my science classes. I would appreciate the templates and additional info to get them going. Thank you!!!!!!!
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Great activities!
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Love the suggested activities!
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for the penny lab, what would be the control variable and also what would be the dependent variable and independent variable.
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I would love to have any experiments/activities on the scientific method.
 
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I would love to have any experiments/activities you have on the scientific method for the middle level.
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