1. Topic-
Introduction to Scientific Experimentation
2. Content-
Experiment, Scientific Method, Hypothesis, Research, Data, Conclusion
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Get students to think more scientifically
2. Expose students to science
3. Make science fun and interesting
4. Objectives-
1. Students successfully create their own project using the scientific method
2. Students are better able to recite and perform steps to the scientific method
3. Students are able to research and gain background information to make educated guesses and think critically about results and outcomes
5. Materials and Aids-
PowerPoint, screen with Internet access, books, Popular Science magazines
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Engage students by asking them what they think science is
2. Explain what an experiment is and what the steps of the scientific method are
3. Perform a simple experiment as a demonstration for the class

B. Development-

1. Read several children's books related to topic to gain interest- Fun with Chemistry by Me and Ira Freeman and The Day-Glo Brothers by Christ Barton
2. Give examples of experiments
3. Demonstrate an experiment, explaining each step of the scientific method with the model
4. Watch Video Clips of Bill Nye the Science Guy and the Magic School Bus on episodes that relate to experiments

C. Practice-

1. Working together on various worksheets (Bill Nye and Spongebob themed, etc)
2. "Around the World" game with scientific method related questions
3. Quiz on scientific method
4. Performing Penny Lab with a partner as a competition

D. Independent Practice-

1. Creating their own science project
2. Homework assignments
3. Research activity- Students find an article in a Popular Science magazine and analyze what scientists had to do in order to get results

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Provide further assistance to those who need it, giving individualized and personalized attention

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Quiz grades
2. Performance on science project and meeting criteria
3. Ability to discuss topic and answer through oral interaction

G. Closure-

1. Ask children for feedback
2. Show more difficult experiments and encourage children to investigate their world
7. Evaluation-
1. Quizzes graded
2. Rubric for Science Projects

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