|Unit of Instruction||Science Processes and Energy|
SC.6.N.2.1 Distinguish science from other activities involving thought.
SC.6.N.1.3 Explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigation, and explain the relative benefits and limitations of each.
SC.6.N.1.1 Define a problem from the sixth grade curriculum, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigation of various types, such as systematic observations or experiments, identify variables, collect and organize data, interpret data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.
|Learning Targets and Learning Criteria|
• get to know YOU as a scientist and WHY you LOVE science • set up a science notebook to be used all year long •provide and discuss a list of lab safety procedures in the lab (and lab contract) • practice classroom and laboratory routines and procedures
Students will: • describe science as the study of the natural world • cite examples of science and pseudoscience (can it be tested?) • understand the need for a common system of measurement, metric system, among scientists • practice using measurement techniques • discuss the VARIOUS methods used by scientists to answer questions orsolve problems (controlled experiments, observational studies, engineering by design, trial and error, simulations, modeling, etc.)
Students will: • engage in 1 OR MORE labs where students: ▪ make a prediction/inference ▪ use proper measuring techniques ▪ design a procedure using repeated trials ▪ control variables ▪ collect data ▪ draw a conclusion based on evidence ▪ conduct research before or after experimentation
The Marshmallow Challenge
The Scientific Method ISB page
Bill Nye “Do It Yourself Science”
The Scientific Method Card Sort