Today students were asked to Warm-Up by listing the steps of the Scientific Method and place them in numerical order. Our Learning Target was to clarify understanding of the steps of the Scientific Method. In our Lab #3 we were introduced to, and explored the steps of, the Scientific Method. In Lab #3, the steps were represented in a specific way and order:
1) Ask a Question
2) Do Background Research
3) Form a Hypothesis
4) Test Your Hypothesis (experiment)
5) Analyze Data and Draw Conclusions
6) Communicate Results
After the Warm-Up, we listed on the board the steps of the Scientific Method from Lab #3 on the board. We used this as a starting point for our open discussion on the Scientific Method. I showed students the attached slideshow which depicts several different ways that the Scientific Method can be represented. We compared the different representations with our own and determined that, although the description of the steps may change, the actually PROCESS does not change. For example, sometimes the Hypothesis step includes Research (and Research is not given a separate step). This is because a Hypothesis is an educated guess and to make an educated guess you must do research (otherwise it is just a guess).
We then participated in a PopCorn Read-Aloud of "There's a Method to the Madness" reading and vocabulary worksheet. Students were then asked to answer the Exit Ticket question on the back of their Warm-Up and turn it in on their way out of the door.
Tomorrow we will complete the vocabulary questions on the back of the worksheet, create the Scientific Method Flow-Chart as our Creative Output, and take care of some classroom business (including fixing our student numbers, seating chart change, signing-up for Google Classroom, and FREERice.com).
Mrs. Batt is the 7th grade Life Science teacher at Hawthorne Middle School.