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Designing Investigations

Doing what scientists do

Children are born true scientists.
They spontaneously experiment and experience and re-experience again. They select, combine, and test, seeking to find order in their experiences - "which is the mostest? which is the leastest?" They smell, taste, bite, and touch-test for hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: they heft, shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart.

Buckminster Fuller

Hands-on Lessons, Labs, & Activities
  Gummy Bear Science - updated version of a previous lesson
    Powerpoint for Gummy Bear Science Lesson
  BunnyCopters - a fun, easy way to introduce or practice
    experimental design
    Copter template - slightly larger than the one in the lesson
  Helicopters - another version of the above lab
  Scientific Cents - scaffolded lessons to introduce experimental
    design - I explain how I use this lab and Bubble Tubes here.
  Scientific Cents 2 - another version of the above lab
  Scientific Cents version 1 - Older version of above lab
  Bubbles Tubes; updated - series of labs designed to reinforce or
    assess experimental design
    Bubble Tubes available from Educational Innovations
  Bubble Tubes, version 1 - older version of the above lab
  Bubble Tubes, version 2 - older version of the above lab
  Cookie Caper - experimental design with chocolate chip cookies
  Bridges - experimental design with bridges; good STEM or
    engineering integration
  Drops on a Penny - classic lab to sow experimental design.Tthis
    is a teacher-directed lab; good for an introduction
  Paper Towel Testing - another classic lab
    Lesson PowerPoint
    Towel Test version 1 - more scaffolding included
    Towel Test version 2
  Paper Airplanes - good introduction to experimental design
    Instructions for making paper planes
  Water Clocks - design an investigtion that can keep time -
    good STEM or engineering integration
  Tootsie Pop Investigation - experimental design using the
    Tootsie Pop candy
  Density Investigation - designed to introduce/reinforce
    experimental design; it's also a good introduction to density
  Grow Animals Investigation - experimental design using the
    "grow" toys that come in capsules & expand in water
  Independent Investigation - Good for Science Fair Projects
  Independent Investigation 2 - another version
  Does the temperature of the water affect how fast the
    colored coating dissolves from an M&M? -
    from the American Chemical Society
  Does the amount of sugar already dissolved in water affect
    how fast an M&M coating dissolves? - fun investigation the
    American Chemical Society
  Doing Science - The Process of Inquiry from the NIH
Review and Reinforcement Lessons and Activities
  Practice vocabulary with Quizlet.
  Experimental Design Scenarios
  Experimental Design Self-Check PowerPoint
  Notes to Review
  Step-By-Step Graphic Organizer
Multimedia and Online Resources
  Virtual Lab - How Does Your Garden Grow?; From Discovery
  Experimental Design PowerPoint 1
  Experimental Design PowerPoint 2
  Designing Investigations PowerPoint
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer -Experimental design
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer - Fair test 1
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer - Fair test & variables
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer - testable questions
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer - types of investigatins (TX)
  Other review resources

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