Scientific Method in Science
When teaching science, be sure to allow students to develop and take ownership of their own learning by drawing their own conclusions about concepts through experiments as much as possible. Instead of telling kindergarteners, for example, that objects change, allow them to experiment. Bring ice, popsicles, or other cold materials and allow them to observe what happens when they get warm, or even refreeze them to allow for further study. If you live in a cold climate, allow them to catch snowflakes on paper to see what happens when they return to the warm classroom. Children are natural scientists, so allowing them to foster their curiosity through experiments will only make their love for science grow.
Try this experiment, incorporating the scientific method:
Problem/Question: Which seeds grow better without soil? (give a few options)
*beans, bell peppers, and radish seeds will sprout without dirt.
**by grow, I mean at least sprouting, not necessarily reaching plant adulthood.
Hypothesis: Let them make an educated guess.
Materials: Sandwich bags, paper towels, seeds, water, pencils, paper
1. Place seeds in a wet paper towel.
2. Fold up paper towel and place it in sandwich bag.
3. Place it where the seed will get sunlight.
4. Observe and record which seeds grow best without dirt.
Data/Results: Students can graph and measure (also incorporating math skills), which ones grew the best.
Conclusion: Determine which ones grew better and why and follow up with class discussion.