Sunday, September 11, 2016

Teaching the Scientific Method with Hyperdocs

One of the traditional assignments our 6th grade teachers give at the beginning of the school year is about The Scientific Method. In the past, the students read the textbook and then created a brochure to inform others about the Scientific Method. The past two years I taught 6th grade, I found that the textbook wasn't providing enough information and students needed more resources to truly understand the process. So this year, our brochure assignment got an upgrade!

This lesson was modified to be delivered through a Hyperdoc, assigned to students through Google Classroom. Each student received their own copy and then worked at their own pace to view the articles, graphics, and videos (as well as their textbook pages) provided as resources for learning about the Scientific Method. There was also opportunity for them to post responses on the doc itself and a Padlet.

Click the image to view the complete Hyperdoc. You may create your own copy to edit and use in your own classroom.

Here is the padlet my students used to share their questions with our class. We will be using these for inspiration during their science fair projects and Innovation Day projects later in the year.


Once students had learned about the Scientific Method, their task was to create a company that would inform and assist students who needed to do a Science Fair project utilizing the Scientific Method process. They created an informative poster using Piktochart, Google Drawings, or any other means as a way of convincing people to hire them to help with Science Fair projects. The students got really into it and are currently working on their projects. I hope to share the final products with you next week!

In the meantime, let me know what you think of this Hyperdoc. Did you make your own copy and modify/use it in your class? Let me know how it goes and thank you for your feedback!

2 comments:

  1. Hi - I came across your blog by searching for a HyperDoc on Scientific Method for my 5th graders. I am interested in the project you have at the end of yours, but - maybe it is because I am tired tonight - I am having a hard time wrapping my head around what the final product would look like. Do you have pictures or samples you could send me so I can figure out how to use it in my classroom. My email is spetersheim@musd20.org. Thank you!

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  2. I would love to use this with my students. Do you have any examples of the final products to show my kiddos? My email is aalford@switzsc.org ... Thanks so much!

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