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Scientific Method - 3rd Grade


I was invited to teach the scientific method in a third grade classroom today and had a blast! As most of you know, I am out of the classroom this year in a technology coach position and a part of my job is to model the use of technology in the classroom. I told the teacher (who is going to try notebooking this year) that I found some fun scientific method songs on YouTube and she asked me to come in and teach.

We went through the steps of the scientific method and used it to answer the question, "Do taller children have bigger feet then smaller children?" In the picture above the students collected their data (drew a bar the size of their feet) and used a ruler to measure their graph and record their results. We talked about the data and what conclusions we could draw from the graph. The kids enjoyed the activity and (of course) loved getting to take off their shoes.

Comments

Ms. Christina said…
This is simple idea that sounds really effective. Love it!
kherbert said…
I'm going to try this with my 2nd graders next week. Thanks for posting.
Anonymous said…
Using this tomorrow! Thanks!
Unknown said…
Where can I find your lesson plans for this?
Anonymous said…
Did this with my group of 3rd graders! They loved it!!
Anonymous said…
Thanks, will certainly give this a try next measurement lesson.

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