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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?

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