Now that students have designed, conducted, and shared the results of their own scientific investigations, they will explore what a scientific experiment entails. In the first lesson of this module, students will make their own pendulums and will learn how outcomes are influenced by different variables (i.e., controls, independent, and dependent). Students will work in groups, to further emphasize the social nature of science, will conduct multiple trails to ensure accurate and reliable measurements, and will determine which variables to manipulate to alter outcomes. The emphasis on experimentation, in this lesson, gives students another opportunity to see that science can be conducted in the multiple ways.
The last lesson provides students with the opportunity to synthesize the ideas they have been exploring over the last few weeks. Students will be asked to reflect on the tenets of the nature of science and scientific inquiry, which are:
This excerpt was taken from Chapter 2 in Teaching Science to Every Child by Settlage, J. and Southerland, S. A. This chapter, in its entirety, is made available in the media bar of each lesson or by clicking the title above.
This module consists of 2 lessons and associated inquiry activities and is expected to take 2 standard class periods.