Reflection: Flexibility One Scientific Method?...Not - Section 2: Explore


You may notice in the video that I did not push for a complete overhaul of the method the students have learned in previous years. Although students know the process by rote memory, the experience of having to compare the different models, and perhaps add or reword some of the "steps" still gets them thinking about the process itself and serves them well when they plan their own investigations (NGSS SEP: Practice 3).

As they were working, one of the groups asked me, "How will we know that what we come up with works?". I told them that they would figure that out in a lesson coming up the next week (Design Your Own Experiment).

I think this is a very valid student question and I would recommend letting the whole class know that this is not just an mind exercise, but that they will be able to "test" their methods. 

  Flexibility: Sometimes Students Need More Direction
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One Scientific Method?...Not

Unit 1: Introduction to 7th Grade Science
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: Students will be able compare different versions of the scientific method and come up with their own.

Big Idea: There is no one way to "do" science, different sources describe the scientific method in different ways. However, they all incorporate the same concepts and principles.

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