Ready…Set…Go! by: Erin E. Morgan and Laurel S. Hiebert

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The “Testable Question Relay” was created as part of a fourth-grade unit on conducting science experiments. In the relay, student teams raced to “outfit a scientist” by correctly categorizing questions as testable or untestable and earning scientific tools. This activity assists upper-elementary students in recognizing the components of good investigative questions, addresses associated misconceptions, and aids students in developing questions appropriate for scientific investigation.

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  • on Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:39 PM

Not all races are equal. The activity described in this article is the “Testable Ready Relay.” Students have to correctly categorize sets of written questions as scientifically testable or untestable. If correct the teams get a piece of scientific gear with the object is for each team to “outfit a scientist.” The article suggests tools of various types of scientists that are used for the costume. All materials needed and rules are provided in the article to reproduce the activity including some photos. What a great way to reinforce a concept and a fun way to make students aware of what scientific tools might be used by various types of scientists.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon May 02, 2011 10:49 AM

This game could be used as a review of how to identify testable questions from nontestable questions. One modification would be to have students design the questions for the game as well. I think you could use this with a particular unit to weed out nontestable questions with students.

Kate  (Louisville, CO)
Kate (Louisville, CO)

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