Reflection: Adjustments to Practice What is the Scientific Method Anyway? - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Bridge Building


There are many reasons why I like this lesson:  the use of an interesting video clip about student work, having kids come up to the board to help in the construction of a Venn diagram, and the opportunity for students to work on an interesting challenge while checking in with the scientific terminology.  All of these elements make this lesson day one of movement, engagement, and collaborative student discussions and work.  

Whenever I am doing an inquiry based activity, I find myself checking in about the best way to navigate my dual purposes:  the fun experience of doing science challenges and the vocabulary set embedded within the work.  As I reflected on this activity, I was thinking that my students and I could have spent part of the next class period creating and discussing individual Venn diagrams that I either had them do as homework or as a warm up activity.  This way, I could have ensured that each student took away from our work together the content basics I really needed them to know.  

Please see my short video below regarding my ideas for future lessons utilizing this bridge building activity and how to best serve both purposes with my students.  

  Possible improvements/extensions
  Adjustments to Practice: Possible improvements/extensions
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What is the Scientific Method Anyway?

Unit 2: Unit 2: The Science of Biology
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to discuss the steps of the scientific method and apply them to engineering design processes.

Big Idea: Use dixie cups and popsicle sticks to get your kids excited about the scientific method!

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Science, Scientific Method (Science Skills), Biology / Life Science, engineering, scientific inquiry, Life Science/Biology, Graphing, bioengineering
  50 minutes
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