the scientific method and the steps taken by Professor Paul and Krazy Kristian
the importance of recording data in scientific investigations
examples of natural materials and processed materials.
Explain to the students that they will be undertaking a knowledge check for the scientific method. Distribute the Working Scientifically Knowledge Check Worksheet to the students and read through the sections as a class. Ensure that the students understand that they will be answering questions about:
identifying investigable questions
making predictions based on prior knowledge
using equipment safely
making and recording accurate observations
organising data in tables and graphs
identifying patterns in data
suggesting explanations for observations
comparing findings with predictions
giving reasons for fair/unfair tests
communicating observations and findings.
Students are to undertake the knowledge check individually and in silence. There should not be a time frame set for this knowledge check.
Collect the worksheets for marking once all students have completed the knowledge check. Encourage on-topic conversations to help consolidate existing knowledge among the students.
Encourage more confident students to lead discussions on various sections of the knowledge check once they have been collected.
Those students who may struggle with the knowledge check can sit with the teacher or teacher aide and have each section further explained for clarity.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities