Scientific Method Lesson Plan: Solving Real World Problems

Submitted by: Angela Watson

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, K-3

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-8, students use BrainPOP Jr. and/or BrainPOP resources to explore the steps in the scientific method. Students will explain how to form a hypothesis and draw a conclusion, and learn how the scientific method is useful in solving real-world problems.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the steps in the scientific method.
  2. Explain how to form a hypothesis and draw a conclusion.
  3. Discuss how the scientific method is useful in solving real-world problems.

Materials:

  • Internet and BrainPOP access

Vocabulary:

scientific method; hypothesis; experiment; data; record; procedure; inference; variable; conclusion

Preparation:

This lesson can be used to introduce students to the scientific method, or to help them extend their knowledge to real-world problems. Before teaching, preview the BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr. resources and plan the experiment students will conduct using the scientific method.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Begin the lesson with a warm up to gauge and build upon prior knowledge. If you teach younger students, display the Game for the class to see. Have student volunteers explain which order to put the events and why. Older students can complete the Activity instead.
  2. Ask students to define the scientific method. Talk about experiments students may have done in the past. Why is it important to have a prescribed set of steps that all scientists follow?
  3. Is the scientific method useful in real life? Project the Graphic Organizer for the class. Facilitate a discussion around it and type students' responses directly into the page.
  4. Show either the BrainPOP or BrainPOP Jr. movie on the scientific method. You may want to play the movie twice, pausing it throughout the second play to discuss and have students take notes.
  5. Take the corresponding quiz together as a class. You may want to divide the class into two teams and have them take turns answering the questions.
  6. Once students are familiarized with the basic steps of the scientific method, have them conduct a simple experiment. This could be drawn from your science curriculum, or use the experiment from BrainPOP Jr. or BrainPOP.

Extension Activity:

Invite students to create and conduct their own experiment. Help younger students organize their ideas using the Write About It or Draw About It feature. Older students may want to watch BrainPOP's Science Projects Movie and explore the related activities, FYI, and experiment.

1 comment
  1. rzaino said:

    Give this lesson a try if you need help with your science fair project.