Scientific Method Worksheet

Scientific Method Worksheet

Why is teaching the scientific method so challenging?  Using these scientific method worksheets in sequence will help improve your students understanding.

Why does the sequence matter?

Scientific Method Worksheet

Teaching the scientific method offers several challenges. Using our sequence of scientific method worksheets and other scientific method practice activities your students will deepen their understanding of the scientific method.

Vocabulary is always a struggle for students especially if it is their first exposure to the terms. To help your students best, identify their misconceptions.

Terms like independent variable, dependent variable, control, constant, hypothesis and  prediction are terms that are improperly used in everyday language.

How can you fix it?

Identifying your students misconceptions is the first step to help your students be successful in experimental design and implementation.  Every class of students could have different misconceptions to address. To fix it, read on.

How to identify misconceptions?

One strategy you can use to identify student misconceptions is to simply ask them to define the terms in their own words. To do this use one of my favorite strategy that many of my followers are already using. Click here to subscribe.

Use a beach ball(see related post).  Write the vocabulary terms on the beach ball using a dry erase marker and toss it around the room.

When the student’s left thumb lands on a term ask them to say what they think the definition of the term is.

Toss the beach ball around the room until you have a good understanding of their background knowledge and misconceptions of the scientific method vocabulary. Use this same technique after students have learned the words. It offers great repetition and can fill the last few minutes of class if you finish early.

Scientific Method-Inquiry

In addition, you can allow students to dive right in to designing an experiment using our Paper Folding Scientific Method Worksheet.

The Paper folding scientific method worksheet is the first in our sequence because it is scientific inquiry and will allow you to see a wide range of your student’s ability levels and misconceptions on the first day of class.
Paper Folding Scientific Method Worksheet

After understanding and addressing your student’s misconceptions of the scientific method you can present the  proper terminology to the students.

You can use our Experimental Design Notes. This presentation is part of our Scientific Method Unit  (experimental design) that you can access free.

The second scientific method worksheet in our sequence allows students to practice only independent and dependent variables in a variety of scenarios.

Independent variable and dependent variable worksheet

Why does this matter?

Focusing only independent and dependent variable this Independent and dependent variable worksheet allows students the opportunity to truly understand the terms and apply them to scenarios without being overwhelmed by other vocabulary terms.

 

Notice:

The next scientific method worksheet requires students to analyze entire experiments in the Experimental Design Scenarios Worksheet.

In this sequence your students started off  simple and progressively move to more complex tasks.

It Gets Better!

Next, students design there own experiment using mealworms. Using the scientific method students make observations,  research, develop a question, hypothesis, identify variables,  write procedures, carry out an investigation, collect and analyze data and share their results in a formal, typed lab report using our awesome lab report rubric and template that is included in our free scientific method unit!

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Simple right?

Unfortunately many teachers fail to use this simple approach because they just to do not have them time to sit down and create or find all of the worksheets they need.

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Two Weeks of Biology Lesson Plans for Experimental Design

In these two weeks of Biology Experimental Design Lesson Plans your students will:

 

 

 

 

  • Design and carry out their own experiment.
  • Practice making observations
  • Hypothesis writing
  • Procedure writing
  • Identifying independent and dependent variables.
  • Choosing the right equipment
  • Create a Lab Report

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Do Not Plan For Biology!… It is Already Done For You!

Are you getting anxious about planning for the start of the school year?

While I was scrolling through my facebook feed I noticed many teachers are beginning to gear up for the next school year and some have already started back. I walked into the store the other day and my stomach dropped a little bit when I saw the back-to-school supplies and I had the urge to start gearing up as well.

However, I reminded myself to relax because I am planned for the entire year. Not just for the first day or week but for the entire year. I have spent the last two years after work, weekends and the summers building a biology curriculum to solve a major problem in education. Time!

 

Throughout my entire graduate program in curriculum and instruction there was a common theme among all teachers in the program. There is never enough time to do what we need to do!  On top of the day to day struggles with time, add in all of the initiatives administration wants to implement (that are  usually not sufficiently researched or tested) and teachers are left with their heads spinning and anxiety setting in.

I can imagine that is the source of anxiety for many of us as we return to school.

 

Last year I had the opportunity to have the convenience of  this biology curriculum and I must say it was a game changer, not just for my work life but for my life after work as well. At work, I could spend my time focusing on student learning, grading assessments, using data to improve my instruction and targeting students with specific needs to help them achieve.

At home, I was far less stressed and was able to enjoy my time with my wife and two kids. I didn’t have to grade papers at dance class. The papers were already graded because I had time during planning/prep because I was already planned out for the year. I could actually watch my daughter practice.

 

I know the rigorous curriculum is going to challenge your students and help build your repertoire
your instructional practices. I have made every effort to ensure all of the things you asked for in the survey were included.

In addition, the curriculum is going to improve with the feedback from the founders (you). The overall goal is to create the best possible biology curriculum with community of teachers all supporting the growth of the curriculum and eachother. Do not miss out on your chance to be a founding member.

 

If you are new teacher, a teacher who hasn’t taught biology in years,  a teacher that just wants to try a new approach, a teacher with 4 preps and just want one less to worry about then this is the biology curriculum for you.

In the creation of the curriculum the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were used as a guide. I have experience teaching in two different states and have met people through from all corners of the country at various conferences and training. When we discuss biology curriculum, there a minor difference if any at all in the foundations that we are teaching and those foundations drive this curriculum.


As an “Exemplary Employee of the Year ” recipient in a school district with 1200+ teachers, I am excited to share with you the same instructional strategies I used that allowed be to be recognized.

I have finally been able to package this curriculum for others to use and continue to build on it regularly. We are still in the final stages of testing and tweaking the technical aspect of this website and will launch the biology curriculum on August 10th.
Here is your first two weeks of school already planned out:

If you like what I am doing please the support the cause: comment/Share my facebook post on this curriculum to let other biology teachers know about this. Thank you!

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Thanks  to those of you who provided input on the survey that helped shape this curriculum. It includes everything that was requested.

A Quick Exit Activity

In this  exit activity, teachers can assess or pre-assess their students comfort level as they walk out of the door.

For this simple exit activity or pre-assessment activity all the teacher needs to do is draw and label the graph on the board.

The students are then able to walk up and place their “sticky note” in the column that represents how comfortable they are.

That quick the teacher has a graph of what would likely represent the distribution of scores if a quiz or test was given that day. Of course this all depends on the honesty of the students so encourage them to answer honestly.

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Biology Teacher Interview Questions

Biology Teacher Interview Questions

In this post, I will discuss some Biology teacher interview questions, how to prepare for an interview and land the job with the contract you want.

Whether this is your first interview for a Biology teaching position or your 21st you need to do what you can to prepare to give you the best shot at landing a job.

Being prepared for your Biology teaching interview questions is going to help set your answers apart from your competition and help you be more confident and relaxed.

Finding your Job

One strategy I used when trying to find a job near my family in another state was to identify all of the schools within driving distance of where I would live.

Next, I add the schools employment pages to my favorites. You could also pin the tabs and have all of the pages open every time you open the browser. Either strategy will work, just make sure you check in frequently since the deadlines for submitting you application are very short.

Applying for Your Biology Teaching Job

Have multiple packets of your clearances, references letters, resume, certification documents, transcripts and any other documents that you will need. Your cover letter and resume must be free of typos!

I have taken it a step further and included things like a copy of a newspaper article written about an award I received for exemplary employee of the year and even article about specific projects I did with students.

When applying at a job fair, I had photo of myself in a suit on the top right of my resume. I did it because I want to set myself apart and stand out from the crowd of people that were also interviewing. One of the recruiters commented “your a smart guy” when he saw my resume. Several days later, I was signing a contract with that district and years later I was recruiting other teachers with the same guy!

Below are some interview questions you can expect. When you practice answering the questions be sure to respond using specific examples from your own experiences. If you get caught off guard by a question just answer honestly.

Remember to dress to impress, relax (but not too much), have good posture, make eye contact and talk professionally.

Interview Questions for Biology Teachers

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you want to work here.
  • Tip- Do not go on forever telling your life story, tell the interviewer information that is relevant to the position like your education, work history and personal history connected to the school if applicable.
In what way do you plan instruction to engage students?
  • Use specific examples of ways you have engaged students.
What do you believe is the most important part of classroom management?
  • Developing positive relationships with students and procedures. Explain specific examples of how you have done do these.
Describe a lesson that you think went well. What do you think made it successful? How do you know if it was successful?
  • Be specific about a lesson. When talking about why it was successful you may want to mention how you designed the lesson (i.e 5E model, differentiated for all learners), predicted areas where students would struggle and provided the necessary support and scaffolding at the right times, used specific questions techniques that fostered higher level thinking. You know it was successful because you use a variety of assessment strategies (be specific to your lesson). Check out this assessment strategy for an excellent model.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Describe how you see yourself in their school, working towards a higher degree, fine tuning the curriculum, having a well-established positive reputation, coaching, sponsor a club. Ect.
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How do you handle a student who is disrespectful to you?
  • This is an opportunity to talk about how you manage the class. Mention that though you work hard at establishing an environment of respect, students do have bad days and act out. If you have not checked out the classroom management form <–click here and look it over. It is a specific tool you can mention in the interview.
How do you handle a student who has a negative attitude toward Biology?
  • Foster a positive relationship. Admit that not every student is going to love the subject as much as you do but you will try your best to get them to love it. Your passion is going to help them become passionate.
If I walked into your classroom yesterday, what would I have seen?
  • Describe the component of your lesson from start to finish. Describe your lesson in a way that shows your interview that you can design cohesive instruction.
What made you want to become a Biology teacher?
  • I can’t help you here. Just avoid saying “I couldn’t find a jobs anyway else with my biology degree”
Provide an example of how you have differentiated instruction.
  • Here you will want to discuss high differentiation and lower differentiation. Check out this activity to get an idea of what higher differentiation can look like.
Describe two strengths and two weakness you have as an educator.
  • This is a balancing act. Make your negatives sound positive. For example, instead of saying I struggle with classroom management say sometimes I care too much about the small behaviors that can get my students off task, however I am learning how to deal with them better each day (use a specific example i.e. proximity). This is probably the most difficult question.
What would you do if your lesson that involved technology did not work due to a technology issues?
  • Describe a situation where you have encountered this and describe how you made an adjustment.
Why should we hire you over the other candidates? Why you?
  • Mention experiences you have that are unique like you worked in a title 1 school for X number of years, you have a vested interest in the school, you will out work anyone, teaching is your passion and not a job, willing to learn, a team player.

Do not be surprised if you encounter a wild question. I recall my first ever interview being asked “if I could be any animal what would it be.”

What you could encounter in the interview.

You could be asked specific content knowledge questions. They are usually embedded into lesson design questions. For example, describe a lesson you taught on evolution. Yes, you may be asked about evolution.

As a biology teacher, you should expect this question. Regardless of how you feel about teaching evolution, for many states it is an assessed area and you must teach it.

You may be asked to answer a question (s) in writing.

After the interview

Send an email or a thank you card to the interview team.

If you are selected, you may be asked to come back and teach a lesson to the team. In fact, at my current job, I was ask to teach to the team (topic: evolution) and again to students another day (plants).

Signing the Contract

Do not sign the contract until you are comfortable with everything in it. Ask questions if you do not understand something. Ideally you will have read the contract prior to your interview to help you determine if you even want to work there.

Common Contract Issues:

  • Permanent vs Temporary Position (temporary can mean full time permanent but NOT tenured so be sure to read the contract)
  • Years of service may not be honored. You may have to negotiate your years of service. Know the contract before having this discussion.
  • Benefits-health, pension contributions. Your pay could look great however, when you look at the amount you have to pay for your health insurance, the competing school offering you $10,000 less per year may actually be a better financial decision.
  • Educational benefits- Most states require you to continue your education. Does the school pay for it? If so, how much? Do not be afraid to negotiate here.
    • If you get the job, you may want to take classes during the summer. Ask the school to pay for those classes even before your contract begins.

Finding your Job

One strategy I used when trying to find a job near my family in another state was to identify all of the schools within driving distance of where I would live.

Next, I add the schools employment pages to my favorites. You could also pin the tabs and have all of the pages open every time you open the browser. Either strategy will work, just make sure you check in frequently since the deadlines for submitting you application are very short.

 

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