Reflection: Intervention and Extension Materials and Procedures Lists - Section 2: Explain


Several different activities can be used to demonstrate the importance of thorough materials and procedures lists.  A classic activity that I have used with my students is to have them list the materials and procedures necessary for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Once they have written their instructions, I ask for volunteers to read their lists as I follow the instructions to make a sandwich.  

Several of the students become frustrated by my very literal interpretations of their instructions, such as setting the jar of peanut butter on top of the loaf of bread when they tell me to put the peanut butter on the bread.  While it is frustrating for some of them, it does get the point across that they need to be explicit in their instructions and when explaining how to complete a process. For classes when students have food allergies, this type of activity can be completed by asking students to explain the process for tying a shoe or having students tell a time traveler how to make a phone call.

  Demonstrating the Importance of Good Instructions
  Intervention and Extension: Demonstrating the Importance of Good Instructions
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Materials and Procedures Lists

Unit 8: Science Fair
Lesson 5 of 13

Objective: SWBAT create a materials list and a procedural outline for their science fair project.

Big Idea: This lesson can be used to help students develop their own materials and procedures lists for science fair project ideas.

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Science, hypothesis (Scientific Method), procedure, material
  40 minutes
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