Your 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will love learning about the difference between investigations and experiments with the engaging hands-on foldable,, hands-on investigation, hands-on experiment, and exit slip. This Nature of Science lesson includes very little prep to introduce and teach investigations and experiments. The download includes learning goals, specific teacher directions, no-prep printable notes, a step-by-step guide and recording sheet for an investigation, a step-by-step guide and recording sheet for an experiment, and even a quick assessment. Ditch the typical scientific method worksheets and turn your science class into a hands-on learning environment.
Use this activity as a part of your Nature of Science Unit or just as a fun way to show the difference between an investigation and experiment. This activity is perfect for whole class science lessons, the science lab, science test prep, small group instruction and even as a part of centers. Fill your science lesson plans with this fun and engaging lesson.
Experiment vs. Investigation Includes:
- Teacher Direction page
- Foldable Notes
- Sorting Page: Example investigation and experiment questions to sort into categories
- Venn Diagram Activity: Place investigation and experiment qualities into the Venn Diagram
- Investigation Recording Sheet: Paper Airplanes
- Experiment Recording Sheet: Which paper airplane design flies the farthest?
- Quick Assessment/Exit Slip
- Mastery Checklist
- Answer Key
This activity can be completed with basic supplies/materials from around your classroom or house!
Florida Science Standards Covered:
SC.5.N.1.1 Define a problem, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigations of various types such as: systematic observations, experiments requiring the identification of variables, collecting and organizing data, interpreting data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.
SC.5.N.1.2 Explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigation
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