Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Scientists Work Systematically - Section 2: Explore


Students love science experiments.  And when I say that that I mean that they REALLY love science experiments!  There is something about getting hands on and the possibility of getting wet, slimy, messy, or blowing something up that thoroughly excites them. I think I could probably hand them a 100 word spelling test, call it a "science experiment", and have 100% buy-in.  This is great for a science teacher, because student engagement during lab days are almost a given. However, it can also come with it's own set of challenges. Let me tell you about mine.

If you read through the lab, you will see that I have prompted the students to make/record observations, collect data, and complete some research prior to filling the diapers with liquid. Even though the process is clearly written for them in chronological order, many wanted to skip past those sections and get right to the experiment itself.

I was forward thinking enough to not hand out the liquid right away, but I should have thought further and made sure to check their background work before allowing them to get the liquid. After 1-2 groups began pouring liquid before completing the research stage, I quickly paused the activity and reminded the students that there were many steps that needed to be completed prior to getting their liquid. I also made a point to look at each group's lab papers before allowing them to proceed with the hands-on portion.  I probably should have anticipated this, but in my own excitement for the first experiment, I think I jumped a little ahead of myself as well!

  Student Excitement / Quality of Work
  Adjustments to Practice: Student Excitement / Quality of Work
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Scientists Work Systematically

Unit 1: What Do Scientists Do?
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: SWBAT recognize that science uses a process as a means of learning about the natural world, identify and rehearse the major steps of the process by which scientists learn about the world.

Big Idea: The process that scientists use to learn about the natural world is known as the scientific method. This process ensures that scientific breakthroughs are accurate and unbiased before they are shared with the public.

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