Reflection: Modeling Creating a Research Plan - Section 2: Explain


I try to use modeling with the students to help them better understand the various components of the science fair project.  To do this, I develop my own idea for an experiment.  This idea usually varies for each of the five sections I teach, and is dependent upon the needs and abilities of the students in the class.  Sometimes the ideas are relatively simple while other times they are more complex.  For this lesson, I remind the students of my selected topic and then have them help me develop key words to go along with the experiment.  I then model the creation of a background research plan using my science fair example.  A simple example that I use with some classes is the impact of pH levels on plant growth.

Using the impact of pH levels on plant growth, I first ask my students to identify the key words.  They should identify plant growth and pH levels.  From there, I have the students generate questions about plant growth - Why do plants grow?  How do plants grow?  How does liquid contribute to plant growth?  What is required for a plant to grow?  

Then the students generate questions about pH levels - What is pH?  How does pH impact living organisms?  What are the pH values of different liquids?

Again, I point out to the students that by researching the answers to these questions and without experimenting, I should be able to determine the answer to my question, so I would need to modify my question to allow for experimentation of the topic.

  Creating My Own Experiment
  Modeling: Creating My Own Experiment
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Creating a Research Plan

Unit 8: Science Fair
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: SWBAT identify key words and questions vital to the preliminary research for their science fair project.

Big Idea: In this lesson students will create a research plan before they begin working on their science fair project.

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Science, hypothesis (Scientific Method), science fair, Research Plan
  40 minutes
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