Scientific Method Worksheets

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        Scientific method worksheets, lab skills and graphing lesson plans that are designed for high school, middle school, and elementary school life science teachers are downloadable here for free. Data analysis worksheets help students learn the basics of graphing and trends. Experimental variable worksheets allow students to practice identifying variables in many different experimental set-ups. Click the Free Lesson Plan (PDF) link below or become a member to get access to the answer key and editable file. Free scientific method curriculum includes:
  • Scientific Method Worksheet
    Scientific Method Worksheet - with SpongeBob
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    Middle School Worksheet
    Students analyze experiments to determine if they were done correctly and/or if the results are reliable. They are also challenged to write their own experiments using their knowledge of the scientific method. An answer key has been provided. SpongeBob SquarePants and all related characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by Tracy Trimpe
  • Scientific Method Worksheet
    Data Analysis Worksheet - with SpongeBob
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    Middle School Worksheet
    This SpongeBob worksheet lets students explore data analysis using the Olympics. SpongeBob SquarePants and all related characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by Faith Cohen
  • Scientific Method Worksheet
    Experimental Variables Worksheet
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Free Lesson Plan (PDF)

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    High School Worksheet
    In this experimental variables worksheet, students identify the independent variable, dependent variable, controls, and control group from several sample science experiments. This variables worksheet helps students build a great foundation before they design their own experiments based on the variables.
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    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • Scientific Method Worksheet
    Daily Warm-Up: Combining Learning Objective vs. Agenda
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    High School Worksheet
    Students will fill in the Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the day’s agenda with the learning objective. Students are given the daily agenda and learning objectives. The goal is for students to synthesize what they are learning with what they are doing into a single statement, to make their learning meaningful.

    Pedagogy: When parents ask their kids what they learned today at school, they usually answer “nothing”. Then the kid answers, we learned about “grizzly bears, or read the Great Gatsby, or we did worksheets”. Students almost always answer the context of what they are doing and not the concept behind it. Many school administrators ask for teachers to display their learning objects (also called many other things) so students can see them. The thought behind this is so students know what they are learning about. The problem is the learning objective is not meaningful for the students, so it just becomes an extra thing teachers must do that doesn’t make a difference. The goal of this Venn Diagram is for students to make the learning objective meaningful to their learning.
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    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • Scientific Method Lab Experiment
    Design a Homeostasis Lab
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    High School Lab
    This is an introductory lesson into how to design an experiment. Students will practice writing a hypothesis. Students will create procedures to conduct their own experiment. Students will create a data table for their experimental data. Students will write a conclusion that has them focus on evidence from their experiment.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-3
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • Scientific Method Test or Quiz
    Microscope & Magnification Quiz
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    Middle School Test
    Students are quizzed on the parts of the microscope and calculating magnification power.
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    Published by Tracy Trimpe
  • Scientific Method Lecture
    Introduction to Microscope Lecture
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    Free Student Handout
     
    Middle School Lecture
    This PowerPoint lecture can be used to introduce the parts of the microscope, magnification power, and how to make a wet-mount slide.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by Tracy Trimpe
  • Scientific Method Lab Experiment
    Characteristics of Life Lab
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    High School Lab
    Students will learn use their observation skills to determine if an object is living, dead, dormant, a product of a living thing, or never alive using the main characteristics of life.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-3
    HS-LS4-2
    MS-LS1-1 (Cell Types)
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • Scientific Method Worksheet
    Scientific Variables Worksheet - Practice #2
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    Middle School Worksheet
    This SpongeBob worksheet cover control groups, independent variables, dependent variables, and data analysis. Answer keys have been provided. SpongeBob SquarePants and all related characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by Tracy Trimpe
  • Scientific Method Worksheet
    Scientific Variables Worksheet - Practice #1
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    Middle School Worksheet
    This SpongeBob worksheet cover control groups, independent variables, dependent variables, and data analysis. Answer keys have been provided. SpongeBob SquarePants and all related characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by Tracy Trimpe
  • Scientific Method Test or Quiz
    Parts of the Microscope Quiz
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    Middle School Test
    Students are to label a diagram of the microscope using 12 keywords.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by Tracy Trimpe
  • Scientific Method Lab Experiment
    Designing a Scientific Model Lab
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    High School Lab
    The goal of this scientific modeling lab is to have students make predictions based on data without ever finding out if their prediction is actually correct. Concepts like iteration, using data from experiments, and prediction make up the core of the lesson.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • Scientific Method Lab Experiment
    Properties of Water Lab
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    High School Lab
    In this chemistry lab, students examine the properties of water by dropping water onto a penny. Students will be able to visually see how hydrogen bonding causes the cohesion of water by the formation of a water bubble on top of the penny. At the end of the lab, students will graph their results.
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    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • Scientific Method Lab Experiment
    Intro to Microscopes Lab
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    Middle School Lab
    This accessible microscope lab introduces how to focus the microscope. Topics in this microscope lab include objectives, the field of view, resolution, making a wet-mount slide, and measuring with a ruler.
    NGSS Standard
    MS-LS1-1 (Cell Types)
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
  • Scientific Method Lab Experiment
    Tree Octopus
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    High School Lab
    A website that tries to convince people that there are tree octopi. A great website to teach a lesson on how to evaluate what students read, research multiple sources when gathering data, and that when an observation does not agree with an accepted scientific theory, the observation is sometimes fraudulent. Use of the computer lab or classroom computers with Internet access is needed for students to read all about the tree octopus.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by Wild Haggis Conservation Society
  • Scientific Method Lab Experiment
    Fungi Lab - Moldy Jell-O
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    Middle School Lab
    In this fungi lab, students learn to design an experiment by creating an independent variable and using mold growth as the dependent variable.
    NGSS Standard
    MS-LS2-1 (Resource Availability)
     
    Published by Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty
  • Scientific Method Lab Experiment
    Mitosis Microscope Lab
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Free Lesson Plan (PDF)

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    High School Lab
    In this mitosis lab, students will observe plant cells in the different phases of the cell cycle, including interphase, mitosis, and cytokinesis. This mitosis microscope lab is a great lab to help students practice their microscope skills, including focusing and the field of view.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-4
    MS-LS3-2 (Types of Reproduction)
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science
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Scientific Method Concepts

  • Scientific Method - observation, problem statement, hypothesis, materials, procedures, experiment, analysis, conclusion.
  • Variables - control group, independent variable, dependent variable, standardizing variables.
  • Scientific Process - controlled experiments, peer review, scientific journals, scientific theory, scientific law.
  • Lab Equipment - graduated cylinder, flasks, glassware accessories, pipettes, hot plates.
  • Microscopes - parts, handling, focusing, calculating power, wet mounts, safety and care.
  • Lab Safety - lab procedures, handling of glassware, pipe petting, solutions, handling of chemicals, disposal of waste, sharp objects, heat.
  • Graph Types - line graph, bar graph, scatter graph, pie charts.
  • Graph Formatting - x y axis labels, title, legends, data tables, linking information.


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