Reflection: Qualitative Evaluations Scientists Work Systematically - Section 5: Evaluate


*For my more advanced students, I may administer the Scientific Method Cartoon as a higher level assessment. I give the students this cartoon, which has the original speech bubbles replaced with blank spaces. The students must create a new cartoon that illustrates the steps of the scientific method. It can be funny or serious, as long as it accurately reflects the process. This is a great opportunity to integrate writing into science, and requires students to write dialogue, which is not something they normally do in a science class.

It is also possible for students to write their own versions or 11 Experiments that Failed, the book I read aloud at the beginning of the lesson. By writing funny anecdotes of how NOT to perform experiments, students provide a great deal of information for the assessor on what students DO know about the scientific method!

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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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