Scientific Method

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Conduct a simple experiment and introduce the scientific method with our interactive Scientific Method Lesson Plan.  This hands-on lesson prepares students to define, explain, and use the scientific method in a simple experiment that provides experiential learning while solidifying understanding.

Scientific Method Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the Scientific Method.
  • Scientific Method Activity Worksheet
  • Scientific Method Practice Worksheet
  • Scientific Method Homework Worksheet
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Conduct a simple experiment and introduce the scientific method with our interactive Scientific Method Lesson Plan.  This hands-on lesson prepares students to define, explain, and use the scientific method in a simple experiment that provides experiential learning while solidifying understanding.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:

  1. Ask students: Share a problem you may have had in the past week.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Ask students what observations they made about their problem.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion.
  5. Ask students what they did next.
  6. Allow for responses and discussion.
  7. Ask students to share the outcome or conclusion of the problem.
  8. Allow for responses and discussion.
  9. Tell students Science is also about solving problems with a process called the Scientific Method. Compare it to the problems you discussed with them. (When thinking through a problem, whether science or otherwise, the same steps can be used.)
  10. Distribute the Scientific Method content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Clarify each of the steps and stress that students may see these steps expanded in other resource material, but these are the basic steps. (Save the final question for lesson closing.)

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Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Class Sessions (45 minutes):
At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

Want more science resources? Check out our other Science Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Science

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02/08/2019
Jessie A.
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Awesome Activity!

My 4th graders LOVED this lesson. They had so much fun going through the scientific method steps. I love how the lesson integrated math and writing.

LH
02/06/2019
Lee H.
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Scientific Method

These activities really helped kids understand the scientific method!

SE
08/24/2017
Sharon E.
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Scientific Method

This packet of information and documents was extremely helpful to me. I teach high school ELL students and this packet of information was very accessible to them. Thank you so much!!