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Use this activity in different ways! 30 Focus Question Cards are provided. These cards can be used as scientific method stations or as a scientific method activity that can be done in pairs, groups, or even individually.
Include both digital Google Slides and print options to assign!
Plus, a free bonus scientific method worksheet is included.
Each version of this activity has students:
- Write an If… Then… hypothesis based on the focus question.
- Design an experiment to test the hypothesis.
- Identify the independent and dependent variables.
- Describe the necessary controls.
To Use as STATIONS:
- There are 30 total cards – too many for all to be used as stations – so you will pick both the number of stations you want to include and the focus questions you like the best. Students rotate through the stations and answer questions on a provided worksheet.
To Use as a PAIRS ACTIVITY:
- Every pair of students (or individual student) in the room has their own unique focus question. I like this method because it helps me to differentiate easily. I give more straightforward, easy cards to students who struggle a bit, and I give cards that will require a deeper understanding of how to set up an experiment to students who have mastered the material already. Students record their ideas on a provided worksheet. At the end, the pairs share with the whole class what their focus question was and how they would test it.
FREE Bonus Worksheet!
- This download also includes a scientific method worksheet with all 30 focus questions in one place. Students write an If… Then… hypothesis for each focus question and identify independent and dependent variables.
- This activity includes a suggested answer key for each focus question, but due to the nature of the activity, students will come up with varied responses.
- Please note that this resource is not editable.
- NGSS Science and Engineering Practice: Asking Questions and Defining Problems
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