Grade: 3
Subject: Earth Science
Scientific Inquiry Method
Scientific Method

Expected Outcome Of This Lesson Plan-
1.SWBAT Ask a scientific question
2.SWBAT Use scientific method to solve a problem
3.SWBAT Draw conclusions from evidence
Teacher Objectives-
1. SWBAT Ask a scientific question
2.SWBAT Use scientific method to solve a problem
3.SWBAT Draw conclusions from evidence.
Mystery Bags-6 different bags with science mystery items, scientific method poster and chart, science notebook
Teaching Methods-

1. Lesson Introduction-

1.Hold up mystery bag. Ask the question "What do you think is in this bag?"
2.Discuss ways to find out.
3.Create a list of questions to ask.

2. Lesson Progression-

1.Model some ways to find out. Use the five senses.
2.Demonstrate being a scientist and using questions to find the answers.

3. Guided Practice-

1.Each group will discuss their own idea for finding out what is in their own mystery bag.
2.Step students through the scientific method--3rd grade style.
3.Create own personal chart of scientific method for their notebooks.

4. Student Practice-

1.Have each group write down their ideas for each step of scientific inquiry.
2.Begin their experiment to find out what is in the mystery bag.
3.Have each group discuss their guess and what evidence they collected to support their guess.

5. Learner Accommodations-

1.Allow all students a chance to touch the mystery bag and make their guess
2.Give students extra chances to touch or listen to the mystery bag.
3.Allow some students to answer verbally

6. Assessment-

1.Walk around and listen to their discussions
2.Ask direct questions in each group to discuss their evidence and why they believe their conclusion is correct
3.Let students open the bags and reevaluate their answers

7. Lesson Closure-

1.After all bags are revealed, ask students to use this information form an idea about what the first unit in science will be.
2.Discuss what happens if they are right (or wrong) with their guess.
Measuring Student Progress-
1.Did they come up with a reasonable answer to the mystery bag guess?
2.Are they able to ask a scientific question to get the answer they need?

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