Grade Levels: 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 creative 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: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • 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.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map sequencing and defining the steps of the scientific method.
  • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum featuring various engineering designs and inventions that have solved problems in society over time. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about the scientific method. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • What is the first step in scientific problem-solving?
  • How can scientists test a hypothesis?
  • What is a variable and why is it important in an experiment? 
  • Why is data collection and analysis important when designing a solution to a problem?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Scientific Method Quiz

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Play Virtual Labs: Understanding Water Activity, a learning game challenging players to explore what foods have high water activity, and learn how to calibrate water activity levels. 

Continue to build understanding around applications of science with BrainPOP’s Scientific Inquiry topics, games, and teacher resources. 

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