Over 14 experiments and STEM challenges helping to reinforce the Scientific Method, making you hands down, the BEST, funnest teacher ever! Hands on science becomes easy to incorporate into your day with this easy prep, inquiry based learning packet of activities that encourages critical thinking, inquiry, communication and questioning within children, from 2nd-5th grade. The skills developed from these science task card activities leave the planning to the children .The Scientific Method booklet is more suited to 3rd- 5th grades. Developing thinkers and inquirers is a focal point of the International Baccalaureate but also the CCSS. The speaking and listening opportunities are rich within this printable packet with UK & USA spelling.
Each science activity uses minimal materials, mostly paper, sticky tape and scissors. A few require a wee bit more preparation with water, milk or soda. Each task can be done as part of a group, thus adding social skills into the mix, or with a partner. You can have each group working on a single task or rotate the tasks around a few groups.
The posters and booklet are designed to help reinforce the children’s understanding of the process of the Scientific Method. You can follow the lesson plan suggestions or mix and match the pages and create an order to suit you and your class.
The children have to read through the instruction, discuss their hypotheses, decide upon a group plan, re-evaluate their plans based upon progress, constantly communicating with their peers. It is great to encourage their own awareness of their thinking and observations, questions and further inquiries as the project continues. As they become more familiar with the process, they can design their own experiments and suggest variables to test their hypotheses.
Simply print the cards and laminate them. There is a recording sheet attached to each card that can be photocopied and cut for any number of students that you wish. These are designed with each activity card in mind but can easily be mix and match too.
You will find:
Recording booklet with step-by-step instructions and science tasks for each element of the scientific method.
8 science task cards
11 science & engineering activity cards
A set of colourful classroom posters for the steps of the Scientific Method
Differentiated recording sheets
If you enjoyed this activity, you may also be interested in my complete science units of inquiry: Earth’s Structures & Landforms, Interconnectedness within the Rainforest, Animal and Plant Adaptations, the Human Body Systems, to name a few.
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