Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Scientific Method, and supports the standard of implementing science and engineering practices to define problems and design possible solutions. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of  projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image showing natural phenomena, like the one below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask students:

  • What do you observe and wonder about the image?
  • How might you explain what occurred?
  • How might you gather evidence to support your idea?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Scientific Method topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Real Life” or “In Practice”. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about the scientific method while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Imagine your community faces the problem of sorting recycled materials. Create a mini-documentary showing how you will test and develop a solution. (Essential Literacy Skill: Draw evidence to support analysis and reflection)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map sequencing and defining the steps of the scientific method. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum featuring various engineering designs and inventions that have solved problems in society over time.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students complete the Scientific Method Graphic Organizer, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Scientific Method Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Virtual Labs: Understanding Water Activity: Students calibrate water activity levels in this interactive simulation.

Scientific Inquiry Unit: Continue to build understanding around applications of science with more BrainPOP topics.

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