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Unit 1:  The Scientific Method

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Unit one, The Scientific Method, forms the foundation for all of the units that follow.  More units  will be added in time.  Examples of future units include measurement, force and motion, and energy.  "How About Science?" video lessons target upper elementary and middle school students and are tied directly to the Next Generation Science Standards.  Parents and teachers are encouraged to use the programs in a way that best fits their style of instruction and the needs of their students.



                                                          Unit 1, The Scientific Method 


Unit 1 is about how scientists investigate a scientific question.  Each step of the scientific method has its own lesson.     The course is designed for upper elementary and middle school students, but may be valuable to anyone, depending on their interests and ability level.  


Lesson 1, Introduction to the Scientific Method.  Lesson 1 introduces students to scientific inquiry.  This is commonly known as the scientific method and includes the logical series of steps scientists and others use to answer scientific questions.


Lesson 2, Observations and Inferences.  A scientific investigation always begins with an observation.  Lesson 2 dives into the differences between observations and inferences.   


Lesson 3, Science and Technology.  Lesson 3 explores the differences between scientists and engineers and how they work together to make our lives easier.


Lesson 4, Scientific Questions.  A successful investigation begins with a good scientific question.  How do you write one?  Lesson 4 explains how.


Lesson 5,  How to Write a Hypothesis.  There are a lot of parts to a well written hypothesis.  Learn how to write an awesome hypothesis in Lesson 5.


Lesson 6, Variables.  Lesson 6 introduces what variables are and how they may affect an investigation.


Lesson 7, Types of Variables.  Lesson 7 examines the roles of controlled, manipulated and responding variables in an investigation.


Lesson 8, Writing a Procedure.  Lesson 8 shows you what should be included in a clear and concise  scientific procedure.


Lesson 9, Data Tables.  Lesson 9 provides you with the nuts and bolts for building the perfect data table.


Lesson 10, How to Make a Graph.  Certain key elements are part of every graph.  Lesson 10 shows you what they are and how graphs are important for displaying your data.


Lesson 11, How to Write a Conclusion.   Unit one wraps up by examining the key components of a good conclusion.



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