This unit comprises an eleven part series on scientific practices, which supports Appendix F (Science and Engineering Practices) of the NGSS. All lessons are developed using the BSCS 5E instructional model for teaching and learning (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) with a 6th (Extend) added for good measure. The handouts are based on video materials found on the "How About Science?" website at http://www.howaboutscience.com/scientificpractices. Students may work independently if everyone has an internet connected device. If not, the videos can be projected and the handout filled out as a group.
Two handouts and keys are provided for each lesson. Choose either one, based on the time you have and the ability level of your students. The first handout is more detailed and will take more time to complete. The second handout is shorter and focuses more on main ideas. Just go to the website and click on the appropriate video. Your students can watch the videos, fill out the handouts., discuss the answers and take the online quiz (Kahout).
The emphasis of this unit is on the skills a scientist needs in order to ask good questions, conduct an investigation and communicate results effectively. Students learn how to ask scientific questions, how to write a hypothesis, the importance of variables, how to make data tables and graphs and much, much more!