Your 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will love learning about that the scientific method is not always used by scientists with this engaging activity and exit slip. This Nature of Science lesson includes very little prep to introduce and teach students that you can do science experiments and not always use the scientific method. The download includes learning goals, specific teacher directions, hands-on 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 experiment to show that the steps of the scientific method don’t always need to be used in science. This activity is perfect for whole class science lessons, science test prep, small group instruction and even as a part of centers. Fill your science lesson plans with this fun and engaging lesson.
Observations in the Scientific Method Includes:
- Teacher Direction page
- Index Card Tower Experiment Recording Sheet
- 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.1.5 Recognize and explain that authentic scientific investigation frequently does not parallel the steps of “the scientific method”
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