Ch 2: Scientific Method Lesson Plans & Activities

About This Chapter

Use these lesson plan outlines and activities to help your students understand the scientific method. The resources in this chapter can help you develop classroom lessons and homework assignments, remedial lessons, or test prep materials.

Scientific Method Lesson Plans & Activities - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains valuable lesson plan outlines, games and activities that you can use to help your students understand and master the scientific method. You'll find resources on its definition, steps and process that are appropriate for elementary, middle and high school students. Further, the chapter contains interesting and fun game ideas and activities that can help you teach your students about forming a hypothesis and applying the method to group and individual projects. You can use these resources to:

  • Introduce your students to the definition, steps and process of the scientific method
  • Design lessons and activities on how to form a hypothesis for multiple grade levels
  • Develop individual and group projects employing the scientific method
  • Create lessons on how to apply the steps to a science experiment
  • Engage students at all grade levels in games and activities that illustrate the scientific method
  • Build lessons in which the students use the scientific method to study sewer lice

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  • Meets curriculum standards: Enables you to ensure that your lessons on the scientific method are in accordance with current educational standards.
  • Suggests activities and games: Provides fun activities that illustrate the scientific method and engage your students' interest.
  • Offers additional resources : Offers materials related to the scientific method that you can use as a springboard for new lessons.

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning scientific method lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific scientific method topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your scientific method class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related scientific method lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important scientific method concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant scientific method-related discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

25 Lessons in Chapter 2: Scientific Method Lesson Plans & Activities
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What is the Scientific Method? - Steps and Process

1. What is the Scientific Method? - Steps and Process

The scientific method is an organized, systematic way researchers, including psychologists, perform research. Psychologists use it to observe, describe and explain human behavior. The scientific method includes a step-by-step formula for researchers to follow.

Scientific Method Activities for High School

2. Scientific Method Activities for High School

For high school students, studying the scientific method can be done on a deeper level as they begin to understand why it is so important. Check out some of these ideas for scientific method activities appropriate for high school students.

Scientific Method Projects

3. Scientific Method Projects

Need a few ideas for projects that help students use and understand the scientific method? This article gives a few ideas and will help you decide what will work best for your students.

Scientific Method Games & Activities

4. Scientific Method Games & Activities

The scientific method is pretty technical, but we can make it more fun with some games and activities. Try out a few of these ideas in your classroom.

Teaching the Scientific Method

5. Teaching the Scientific Method

The scientific method is a time-tested approach to problem solving and investigation. This lesson defines the scientific method and describes how to teach it to your students.

Hypothesis Lesson Plan

6. Hypothesis Lesson Plan

Understanding the scientific method can be challenging for some students. This hands-on lesson allows students to learn how to write a scientifically sound hypothesis through experimentation, class discussions and a video.

What is a Hypothesis? - Definition & Explanation

7. What is a Hypothesis? - Definition & Explanation

A hypothesis is an educated prediction that can be tested. You will discover the purpose of a hypothesis then learn how one is developed and written. Examples are provided to aid your understanding, and there is a quiz to test your knowledge.

Forming a Hypothesis Activities for High School

8. Forming a Hypothesis Activities for High School

High school students are often ready to work on some pretty sophisticated science. These activities will get your high school students forming and justifying educated scientific predictions as part of the scientific method.

Scientific Method Lesson Plan for Middle School

9. Scientific Method Lesson Plan for Middle School

Understanding the scientific method is one of the most important parts of science education. This lesson plan teaches students about the scientific method by allowing them to conduct an experiment using the elements of the scientific method.

The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

10. 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.

Forming a Hypothesis Activities for Middle School

11. Forming a Hypothesis Activities for Middle School

If you want your students to work with the scientific method, it's important for them to understand how to develop a hypothesis. This lesson suggests activities to help your students make rational and evidence-based predictions about different phenomena.

Scientific Method Activities for Middle School

12. Scientific Method Activities for Middle School

This lesson will look at activities for teaching students the scientific method and its process. This will include strategies for extending investigations and supporting students during data analysis.

Scientific Method Lesson Plan for Elementary School

13. Scientific Method Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about the scientific method, then guide them through the process with this lesson plan. Two text lessons guide your class in these concepts with plenty of hands-on experiences and quizzes to check understanding.

Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

14. Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

What is science? You might think of experiments and mixing chemicals. Science is way more than that, though. In this lesson, we will talk about the scientific method. Then, we will look at a few examples of it in action.

Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Steps & Process

15. Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Steps & Process

Scientists use the scientific method to help them make sure their work is done the right way. But, how does the method actually work? This lesson will explain the scientific method's steps and processes.

Scientific Method Activities for Elementary School

16. Scientific Method Activities for Elementary School

When students learn the scientific method, they are learning to think and work like scientists. They need a great deal of practice to internalize this method. The activities in this lesson will put your students on the path toward becoming instinctively scientific thinkers.

Hypothesis Lesson Plan for Elementary School

17. Hypothesis Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Students love participating in science experiments. In this lesson plan, students will understand the concept of a scientific hypothesis by creating their own and then testing that hypothesis in a hands-on science experiment.

Hypothesis Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

18. Hypothesis Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Doing science experiments can be fun! But before you start your experiment, you need to make a hypothesis. In this lesson, you'll read about an experiment about mold growing on food. You'll also learn what a hypothesis is and how you can make one.

Sewer Lice Lesson Plan

19. Sewer Lice Lesson Plan

Scientists have to pay close attention to their observations versus their inferences. Your students will have a very enjoyable lesson as they interact during the sewer lice demo, learn differences between observations and inferences, and become acquainted with the Scientific Method.

Origins of the Scientific Method Lesson Plan

20. Origins of the Scientific Method Lesson Plan

Teach your students the roots of the scientific method. A video lesson is used to explain key concepts, which students then apply to hands-on activities and a quiz.

Hypothesis, Theory & Law in Science Lesson Plan

21. Hypothesis, Theory & Law in Science Lesson Plan

What are the differences between a hypothesis, a theory, and a law in science? This lesson plan evaluates this question with the help of a video lesson. An activity reinforces key concepts.

Analyzing Scientific Data Activities

22. Analyzing Scientific Data Activities

High school is a great time to help students gravitate from using intuitive data analysis to actually applying specific analytic strategies. The beauty is that it can be done with all kinds of data sets over and over again. Try these scientific data activities in your class.

Science Investigation & Experimentation Activities

23. Science Investigation & Experimentation Activities

There's just no substitution for experimenting with your own hands when it comes to science learning. Give your students the chance to investigate and explore using the activities provided in this lesson.

Scientific Method Lesson Plan

24. Scientific Method Lesson Plan

Bring your instruction on the scientific method to life with the help of a Study.com video lesson and fun in-class experiment. For further study, suggestions for supplementary activities and related lessons are included.

Inquiry Lesson Plan

25. Inquiry Lesson Plan

Children are naturally curious. In this lesson plan, students will get hands-on experience working through the scientific inquiry process in order to satisfy their own curiosity about the world. A video lesson and worksheet are included.

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