Your 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will love learning about the differences between a control group and an experimental group with this engaging scientific method activity and experiment. This Nature of Science lesson requires very little prep to introduce and teach the experimental design behind control groups vs. experimental groups. The scientific method activity includes learning goals, specific teacher directions, no-prep printable notes, a recording sheet for a hands-on experimental design experiment, and even a quick assessment. Ditch the typical scientific method worksheets and turn your science class into a hands-on learning environment with this experiment!
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Scientific Method Activity – Control Group vs. Experimental Group Includes:
- Teacher Direction page
- Foldable Scientific Method Notes
- Experiment Recording Sheet: Which Bread Will Show Mold First?
- Quick Assessment/Exit Slip
- Mastery Checklist
- Answer Key
Use this activity as a part of your Nature of Science Unit or just as a fun experiment to introduce experimental design and the differences between control groups and experimental groups. 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 Nature of Science 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.
SC.5.N.1.4 Identify a control group and explain its importance in an experiment
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
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