I get so excited when I find some free resources on the Internet or come up with some easy (READ: They can pretty much teach themselves and explore to their heart's content) homeschool lessons!
A few weeks ago I found some free resources for teaching the Scientific Method. Scholastic has some great posters (print them in color) and the University of Georgia (UGA) web site for their Kids Do Science initiative has additional activities to reinforce the content in fun ways. Of course, I shared them immediately and started planning their lesson.
If your family is using a curriculum that does not cover the Scientific Method, or if you are like me and you've opted to use a 'mutt' curriculum (whatever you find that may interest your homeschoolers without breaking the bank), below is a list of books from the Step Into Science series (Gr. 3-6) by Crabtree Publishing available at our local library.
When we started the lesson two weeks ago, we read the first book together and I had the girls make vocabulary flip cards (fold an index card in half, width-wise; write terms on outside and then write definitions on the inside. Makes reviewing fun and easy).
They have been assigned the challenge of determining the kind of experiment they want to do; we will also do one together. These books and other free resources have definitely taken a load off of my mind. The content aligns with national science standards so I won't have to worry about whether they are 'missing' anything. I hope someone can make use of this info!
What’s The Problem?: How To Start Your Scientific Investigation (Burns, Kylie)
What’s Going To Happen?: Making Your Hypothesis (Challen, Paul)
What’s The Plan?: Designing Your Experiment ( Hyde, Natalie)
What Just Happened?: Reading Results & Making Inferences (Challen, Paul)
What’s Going On?: Collecting & Recording Your Data (Burns, Kylie)
What Do We Know Now?: Drawing Conclusions & Answering the Question (Johnson, Robin)
I also created a crossword puzzle containing the vocabulary terms directly related to the Scientific Method introduced in the series.