Teaching the Scientiific Method

Teaching the Scientiific Method

by Judie Haynes

Link your lessons to content area instruction. Learn how to increase your students' academic, thinking and social skills through participation in a school Science Fair.

Teaching the scientific method

Do you want your students to participate in your school's Science Fair? Teach your students the scientific method through Science Fair experiments.

What do students gain from this experience? During a unit on the scientific method and the development of a science fair project, students will:

How to choose a science fair topic

One of the most challenging parts of this unit is to help each student choose a science fair project that is at their English language level and that are based on science concepts that they can understand. Here are the criteria I use for a Science Fair project:

A. They must choose a testable question. Show examples. Keep successful experiments from previous years as examples.

B. Check the research Is the topic appropriate for the student's grade and English language level?

C. Does the student have enough time to complete the experiment? This is especially important in experiments with plants.

D. Is there a product that can be shown at the fair?

E. Does the topic make sense for the time of year? Students can't do an experiment requiring that they fly a kite during in all seasons.

F. Can the experiment be conducted in school?

G. Uncomplicated topics are best. Encourage students to pick something simple.

H. Do you, as the teacher, understand the concept behind the experiment?

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