Looking for scientific method activity...

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  1. Mrs. Mom

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    Does anyone have any hands-on activities to introduce elementary kids to the scientific method? Fun, easy science experiments, maybe?? Thanks!
     
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    I once saw this really cool video that had dirt stations with worms in them, and each station had a different type of soil.

    The experiment was to see how easily/hard it was for the worms to travel through the different types of dirt.

    The Q&A session that followed was pretty magical.
     
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    Yes!!! My school just adopted a new science series. I am going into classroom later today to pick up some books and will bring that one home with me and will PM you some ideas. The new science series is focused on the scientific method, so hopefully it will help! :hugs:
     
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    Starista, a big thank you! I'll be anxiously awaiting your ideas. Our science book is about 10 years old.....and no signs of getting new ones any time soon. It has very few good hands on activities.
     
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    I like drops on a penny.(how many drops (eye dropper)will the surface hold.) Also, coin flipping-heads, tails. Easy, cheap, and kids can do all of the steps involved. (after modeling)
     
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    How do acids effect tooth enamel?

    1. Pour coke, water, and vinegar in each of three clear plastic cups.
    2. Put one egg in each cup.
    3. Wait overnight.

    The eggshell will react to acids just like our tooth enamel. My fifth graders LOVED this one. You could even just do the vinegar to simplify it. That's fun in and of itself.
     
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    Be sure to drive home the fact that their hypothesis CAN be wrong! Even if you know their hypothesis is incorrect, let them discover that during the experiment. I get students at the high school level that will manipulate their data in order to make it match their hypothesis. And two my daughter's elementary teachers counted off on her science fair experiments because her hypotheses were incorrect :(
     

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