Lesson Plan: Variables

 

Big Ideas:

EPE Table:

 

Experiences

 Patterns  Explanations

Variables effecting the growth of a bean sprout

 

 

What brand of microwave popcorn has the least amount of un-popped kernels?

 

What type of bubble gum has the longest lasting flavor?

 

 

 

What type of computer chair is the most comfortable to sit in?

Amount of sunlight, amount of water, soil type/fertilizer

 

 

Control: Time

Manipulated: Brand/type of popcorn

Responding: # Kernels un-popped

 

 

C: Bubble gum

M: Amount of sugar, brand

R: How long flavor lasts

 

 

C: How they were built/manufacturer

M: Material used to make it

R: How comfortable the chair is

Identifying Variables

 

Michigan Objective(s)

Design and conduct scientific investigations.

 

Specific Lesson Objective(s)

Design experiment and identify the manipulated, responding, and controlled variable targeted towards answering specific questions provided.

Activities

Introduction (5 minutes)

Main Teaching Activity (30-35 minutes)

Conclusion (5 minutes)

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Resources:

Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards:

http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/html

 

Michigan Curriculum Framework

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ScienceGuidebook_12929_7.pdf

 

Michigan's K-12 Curriculum and Standards

http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-28753---,00.html