and the scientific method.
My strategy, then, for teaching the scientific method is to scaffold in conjunction with the authentic task, building on prior knowledge, in a sense. Frankly, students have almost no prior knowledge of the topic. Though they have probably used it without realizing. To learn the concept first requires direct instruction followed by repeated practical application.
For this authentic task the students will create a document using digital media to help them recall the scientific method. Then, whenever a lab, or experiment is called for they will use the document to guide them. If created properly the experiment results will be added directly to the document.
- Create a document which allows your students to document the following five steps:
- Ask a question -- which your students can test
- Have the students identify a possible explanation for the question
- Design a controlled experiment using variables
- Collect and interpret data
- Draw a conclusion
- You have successfully completed the scientific method using an authentic task
- Below are some examples of the scientific method in action
Distribution Access, (2004). Scientific Method: How It Works. [Full Video]. Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com/
Fritz, J. (2011, January 12). Scientific Method Monty Python. YouTube. Retrieved June 7, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2MhMsLn9B0
nonstampcollector. (2011, February 18). Feynman on Scientific Method.. YouTube. Retrieved June 7, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYPapE-3FRw
Richard Feynman Picture Quotes 1. (2014, January 1). ImgQuotes. Retrieved June 7, 2014, from http://www.imgquotes.com/richard-feynman-picture-quotes-1/
Scientific Method Wallpaper. (2013, January 1). Adorable Wallpaper RSS. Retrieved June 7, 2014, from http://www.adorablewall.com/scientific-method-wallpaper/
Sekrain. (2014, January 1). Scientific Method by Sekrain on deviantART. Scientific Method by Sekrain on deviantART. Retrieved June 7, 2014, from http://sekrain.deviantart.com/art/Scientific-Method-328332900
What Are Some Types of Assessment?. (2008, July 15). Edutopia. Retrieved June 7, 2014, from http://www.edutopia.org/assessment-guide-description