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Unit 1 Cells and Heredity
Chapter 1 Introduction to Life Science
Section 1-2 Scientific Inquiry


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Day 1/2
Read/Scan pages 14-18 
     
 Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) RSG 1-2
Day 6
Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Scientific Method- Controls and Variables Part2
Day 3
TeacherFemale.GIF (1048 bytes) Hypotheses, Graphs & Variables
Day 7
Magnify0b.gif - 341 Bytes Tootsie Pop Lab
Day 4
Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Identify the Controls and Variables
Day 8
Magnify0b.gif - 341 Bytes Tootsie Pop Lab
Day 5
TeacherFemale.GIF (1048 bytes) Will a Fake Cat Scare Birds Resource p.8-9
Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Scientific Method - Identifying Controls and Variables Part 1  
Day 9
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Test Scientific Method

 

Day 1
Topic  Scientific Process
Objectives/ I can...
Draw a mealworm.
List quantitative and qualitative data about a mealworm.
Create a problem to solve.
Design a scientific experiment.
State Goals
11.A.3b Conduct scientific experiments that control all but one variable.
11.A.3a Formulate hypotheses that can be tested by collecting data.
Classwork-Homework
Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Science Starters

Guide to a Successful Science Fair 2:29
Recess: A Science Fair to Remember  10:05
Phineas and Ferb: Unfair Science Fair 10:27

Read/Scan pages 14-18  (should have been completed, HW after Super Scientist Test)

Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) RSG 1-2 Scientific Method  Complete #1-13 in class using mealworms. COLLECT!

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Resources
BookOpen.bmp (16686 bytes) Investigating Evidence Resources  Free download at Bird Sleuth
Note02.gif - 247 Bytes Concept map of the scientific method  Teachers Guide page 5 found at Bird Sleuth: Investigating Evidence
Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Science Starters
Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Scientific Method Foldable

 

Day 2
Topic  Scientific Process
Objectives/ I can...
Explain what scientific inquiry involves.
Describe how to develop a hypothesis and design an experiment.
Describe the attitudes, or habits of mind, that are important in science.
Define key terms.
State Goals
11.A.3a Formulate hypotheses that can be tested by collecting data.
Classwork-Homework
  Scientific Method Requirements  9:33
Mosquito Ringtones 1:23

filmstrip.gif (6075 bytes) Use the steps of the scientific method to solve a problem involving crickets.

Pencil.gif (1165 bytes)  RSG 1-2 Scientific Method  finish

star.gif (2279 bytes)Scientific Method Word Search

TEC
star.gif (2279 bytes)Scientific Method Crossword Puzzle
Resources

 

 

Day 3
Topic  Testing Hypotheses
Objectives/ I can...
Define the term "hypothesis.
Write a testable hypothesis.
Identify independent and dependent variables.
State Goals
11.A.3b Conduct scientific experiments that control all but one variable.
Classwork-Homework
Science Experiment on Memory 6:24
Henry Elementary Science Fair 9:58

Teachers:
All underlined links are from Bird Sleuth.
You need to download Investigating Evidence



Computer.gif (1114 bytes) Hypothesis Help Resource page 5
Read "What do I wonder?"
"What do I already know?"
"How do I turn my ideas into a hypothesis."
"How do I test my hypothesis?"

Chalkboard.bmp (15654 bytes) Robin Graph #1 on board  Teacher's Guide page 10

Chalkboard.bmp (15654 bytes) Robin Graph #2 & #3 Teacher's Guide page 11
Explain that Graph 2 shows a null hypothesis.
It shows close to a straight line across the graph.

Graph 3 shows an alternative hypothesis

filmstrip.gif (6075 bytes) Variables in Science Experiments
Read scenarios for slides #9.

TEC
Resources
Bird Sleuth: Investigating Evidence

 

Day 4
Topic  Identify Controls and Variables
Objectives/ I can...
Identify the Independent and dependent variable.
State Goals
11.A.3a Formulate hypotheses that can be tested by collecting data.
Classwork-Homework
Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Identify the Controls and Variables
Simpson's Experiments focused on the Simpsons: Smithers, Homer, Bart, and Krusty.
A. Read story about Smithers
B. Identify the Control Group (B)
C. Identify the Experimental Group (Group A: got the special juice)
D. Identify the Independent Variable (special juice)
E. Identify the Dependent Variable (stacks of papers stapled)
F. Conclusion Special juice did not increase workers productivity
G Improved
     Group A drank while they worked. Lost work time, make Group B drink too.
     Maybe Group A did improve, we don't know how they worked before.
     Just test Group A, first without and then with the special juice
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Day 5
Topic  Variables
Objectives/ I can...
Identify independent and dependent variables.
Describe why it is important to control variables.
State Goals
11.A.3b Conduct scientific experiments that control all but one variable.
11.A.3a Formulate hypotheses that can be tested by collecting data.
Classwork-Homework
Teachers:
All underlined links are from Bird Sleuth.
You need to download Investigating Evidence

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Variables in Your Experiment Resource Pages 6-7

TeacherFemale.GIF (1048 bytes) Check together Will a Fake Cat Scare Birds Resource pages 8-9
  • Hypothesis  Unguarded feeders would get more birds, but there would be little difference.
  • Independent Variable  Fake cat
  • Dependent Variable  Amount of seed eaten; number of birds
  • Constants (Control)  Feeder, location, amount of seed, kind of seed
  • Problems  Different weeks; Why use two different kinds of seeds?

Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Identifying Controls and Variables Part 1
Read about four Sponge Bob experiments.
Identify the Control, the Independent and Dependent Variable with the class.
Patty Power, Slimotosis, Marshmallow Muscle, Microwave Muscle 

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Resources
Sponge Bob Pump It  3:36

 

Day 6
Topic  Controls and Variables
Objectives/ I can...
Design a study to answer a scientific research question.
State Goals
11.A.3a Formulate hypotheses that can be tested by collecting data.
Classwork-Homework
Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Scientific Method- Controls and Variables Part2
Krusty Krabs, Clean Pants, Squidward's Symphony, Supper Bubbles
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Day 7/8
Topic  Test Scientific Method
Objectives/ I can...
Identify controls and variables in an experiment
State Goals
11.A.3a Formulate hypotheses that can be tested by collecting data.
Classwork-Homework
Magnify0b.gif - 341 Bytes Tootsie Pop Lab
TEC
Resources
braininjar.gif (1615 bytes) Test Scientific Method

 

 

Day 9
Topic  Testing Hypothesis
Objectives/ I can...
Identify and describe pie charts, line graphs, scatter plots, and bar graphs.
Draw an example of a pie chart, line graph, scatter plot, and bar graph.
Explain how the four types of graphs are used to represent different kinds of information.
State Goals
11.A.3a Formulate hypotheses that can be tested by collecting data.
11.A.3b Conduct scientific experiments that control all but one variable. 
11.B.3a  Identify an actual design problem and establish criteria for determining the success of a solution.
11.B.3d  Test the prototype using available materials, instruments and technology and record the data.
11.B.3e  Evaluate the test results based on established criteria, note sources of error and recommend improvements.
Classwork-Homework
Teachers:
You need to download Investigating Evidence
TeacherFemale.GIF (1048 bytes) Go over Types of Scientific Questions on Resources pages  10-16
Show the graphs that go along with the questions.

These questions are examples
Experimental
: You conduct experiments to get data.

  • What kind of seeds do sparrows prefer?
  • Will a rubber snake scare birds away?
  • Birds prefer a clean bird feeder over a dirty one.

Descriptive: You observe

  • How do sparrows react when different birds species arrive at the feeder?
  • What bird species are we able to attract to our courtyard?


Data Exploration: Look at other people's data to answer questions

  • When does the hummingbird return to the state of Illinois?


Reference Materials: just look up the answer

  • How may blue jays were seen in Illinois in 2007?
  • How many bird species are found in Illinois?
  • How many bird species are found in Rock Island County?

Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Graphing
Make a bar graph and a line graph.

TEC
Resources
Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Making Line Graphs examples of graphs

 

Day 10
Topic  Writing a Question
Objectives/ I can...
Design a study to answer a scientific research question.
Collect data and information that addresses their research question.
Draw an evidence-based conclusion.
State Goals
11.A.3a Formulate hypotheses that can be tested by collecting data.
11.A.3b Conduct scientific experiments that control all but one variable. 
11.B.3a  Identify an actual design problem and establish criteria for determining the success of a solution.
Classwork-Homework
Teachers:
You need to download Investigating Evidence


Note02.gif (247 bytes) Annalisa's Report Resource pages 24-25
Have kids read about chickadees and temperature,

Note02.gif (247 bytes) Scientific Report Components Resource page 29
Identify parts of Annalisa's experiment.

TeacherFemale.GIF (1048 bytes) Use the Starting Block to develop a topic.  Rules
Dice.bmp (3974 bytes) Starting Block Game Piece   
Dice.bmp (3974 bytes) Play the Starting Block  web site not responding as of: 9/11/2012

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Day 11
Topic  Designing an Investigation
Objectives/ I can...
Design a study to answer a scientific research question.
State Goals
11.A.3a Formulate hypotheses that can be tested by collecting data.
Classwork-Homework
Teachers:
You need to download Investigating Evidence

Magnify0b.gif - 341 Bytes Plan and Conduct My Investigation Student pages 13-15
Students create a preliminary plan with their group or by themselves.
A draft of the data sheet must be included.
After approving plans, invite students to begin.
Pages 16-17 will be used later to outline their poster/presentation/paper.
TEC
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Day 12
Topic  Be an Expert: Inquiry Project
Objectives/ I can...
Conduct a scientific experiment.
Prepare a product that summarizes their work.
Give constructive feedback on another student's report or presentation.
Consider feedback to revise their report or presentation.
State Goals
11.A.3a Formulate hypotheses that can be tested by collecting data.
11.A.3b Conduct scientific experiments that control all but one variable. 
11.B.3a  Identify an actual design problem and establish criteria for determining the success of a solution.
Classwork-Homework
Teachers:
You need to download Investigating Evidence


Explain how to finish reports.
Use Student Pages to share results.

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Page 16 Results and Analysis
Page 17 Conclusion and Discussion

Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Prepare a First Draft Project
Page 18 Share Your Findings
Note02.gif (247 bytes) Bird Sleuth Reports   Examples to show students.

Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Introduce Peer Review and the "Critical Friend."
Page 19 Peer Review: Student needs two critical friends

Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Conduct a Peer Review
Page 20-21 Peer Review Form

Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Second Draft of Project

Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Share Your Findings and Feedback
Page 23 Share Your Thoughts
Send your revised reports to Classroom Birdscope and BirdSleuth Reports.
Note02.gif (247 bytes) Submission Guidelines    Note02.gif (247 bytes) OnLine Submission Form
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Teacher Resources

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Computer.gif (1114 bytes) Computer     bookpages.gif (1592 bytes) Book    Dice.bmp (3974 bytes) Games    star.gif (2279 bytes)Extra Credit     filmstrip.gif (6075 bytes)PPT/Video    
Chalkboard.bmp (15654 bytes)Smart Board     You Tube Video

CONTROLLED EXPERIMENTS
 Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Guide to Science Experiments  8 different experiments, including results.  Kids fill out hypothesis, control, variable.....
DATA
 Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Presenting Data  5 page lesson   Click on the link and you will be at a table of contents.  Scroll down to worksheets and click on Presenting Data.pdf  Complete a Data Table and answer questions, Create a graph on venomous snake mortality and questions, rules for lab drawings, and finding averages.  from Prentice-Hall
EXPERIMENTS ON LINE
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 GRAPHS
 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes Graph Paper
 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes Line Graph Rubric    This analytic rubric is used to verify specific tasks performed when constructing a line graph. If the task has been completed, all points are awarded. No points are awarded if the task is not complete.
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes)  Making a Line Graph    Graphs are a useful tool in science. The visual characteristics of a graph make trends in data easy to see. One of the most valuable uses for graphs is to "predict" data that is not measured on the graph.
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Making Line Graphs examples of graphs
SCIENCE FAIR
Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Science Fair Topics A-Z
SCIENTIFIC METHOD
Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Scientific Method Worksheets
 Magnify0b.gif (341 bytes) Drop Zone  Create a parachute that will deliver a paperclip to a "secret" location!
 Magnify0b.gif (341 bytes) Energy Fair Scientific Method
 Magnify0b.gif (341 bytes) Independent Investigation 2 Page blank experiment
 Magnify0b.gif (341 bytes) Marshmallow Mania  Create a catapult from a standard mousetrap and a few other materials that will launch a marshmallow at a target!
 Magnify0b.gif (341 bytes) Raft Rally  Create a "boat" from a piece of foil that will hold the most pennies!
 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes Examples of Variables
 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes pH Scale

 

Student Extra Credit

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star.gif (2279 bytes)Scientific Method Crossword Puzzle
 star.gif - 2279 Bytes  Scientific Method Word Search  I use this word search as an extra credit assignment. The page also includes a make-a-word challenge using the letters in "Scientific Method".
 star.gif - 2279 Bytes Who Dunnit? Crime Solving    Who took a bite out of the candy?  Sticky fingers have been found on the broken aquarium glass. Wet footprints lead to the open window. What is that powdery substance next to the broken piggy bank? Answering these questions is what forensic science is all about.  Turn in for credit


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