Students have been developing their skills of inquiry, experimentation, and design through the paperclip lab. For example, they have formulated a testable hypothesis, designed and conducted a controlled experiment, practiced making observations and collecting data, presented data and findings using a data table, drawn conclusions based on their data, made inferences based on patterns in the data, communicated procedures and results using appropriate scientific terminology, and reflected on their overall performance and validity of the experiment.
This week, students are learning new vocabulary to support their foundational knowledge of the scientific method. On Tuesday, students analyzed qualitative vs quantitative observations and practiced making their own observations. Here is a copy of the assignment: Making Observations Assignment.