Your 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will love learning about independent and dependent variables as well as controlled variables with this engaging scientific method activity that includes hands-on foldable, experiment, and exit slip. This Nature of Science lesson requires very little prep to introduce and teach the difference between independent and dependent variables and controlled variables. The scientific method activity includes learning goals, specific teacher directions, no-prep printable notes, a step-by-step template for an experiment, a recording sheet for a hands-on science experiment, and even a quick assessment. Ditch the typical scientific method worksheets and turn your science class into a hands-on learning environment when learning about independent and dependent variables!
Variables Covered in this scientific method activity:
- Independent Variables
- Dependent Variables
- Controlled Variables
Independent and Dependent Variables Scientific Method Activity Includes:
- Teacher Direction page
- Foldable Notes on the types of variables
- Experiment Recording Sheet: What Will Make Ice Melt the Fastest?
- Quick Assessment/Exit Slip
- Mastery Checklist
- Answer Key
Use this independent and dependent variables activity as a part of your Nature of Science Unit or just as a fun experiment to introduce the variables in science. This scientific method activity is perfect for whole class science lessons, the science lab, science test prep, small group instruction and even as a part of centers.
The best part is that the independent and dependent variables experiment can be completed with basic supplies/materials from around your classroom or house! View the Preview to find out exactly what this Nature of Science resource includes.
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.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Standards Covered:
SCI.5.2.A The student is expected to describe, plan, and implement simple experimental investigations testing one variable
SCI.5.2.B The student is expected to ask well defined questions, formulate testable hypotheses, and select and use appropriate equipment and technology
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