Ch 8: Investigation & Experimentation Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Investigation and Experimentation chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about topics that include earth science investigation, graph terminology and the scientific method. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Investigation and Experimentation chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The scientific method Essential science vocabulary, steps in the scientific method, creating a hypothesis, experimental design and assessing the validity of data from an experiment
Tuesday Evaluating data from scientific investigation Controls and variables in experiments and evaluating data by determining mean, median and mode
Wednesday Scientific graphs and charts Understanding data in graphs, charts and tables
Thursday Representing data graphically Developing graphs to display scientific data, using the relationship between variables to create quantitative statements and showing linear and nonlinear relationships through a graph
Friday Scientific equations Using math to determine an unknown when given the two remaining terms

5 Lessons in Chapter 8: Investigation & Experimentation Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

1. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

The scientific method is more than just hypotheses and experiments. In this lesson, we'll explore the themes and variations that make up the world of science.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

2. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.

Evaluating Data from Scientific Investigation

3. Evaluating Data from Scientific Investigation

After watching this video, you will be able to explain the meaning of the terms 'accuracy' and 'reproducibility,' or precision, as they relate to science experiments. A short quiz will follow.

Variables & Controls in a Science Experiment

4. Variables & Controls in a Science Experiment

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how science experiments are conducted; what variables, controlled variables, and controls are: and why these things are important. A short quiz will follow.

Solve for Unknowns in Scientific Equations

5. Solve for Unknowns in Scientific Equations

Calculating a missing value in an equation is something you may come across in your scientific analyses. As long as you know the relationship between the variables in the equation, as well as the rest of the measured values, this is a relatively straightforward process for you to master.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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