Tried and True: Looking for Questionsby: Susan German

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During the first day of school, eighth-grade students often receive hour after hour of specific rules and classroom procedures. However, the author takes a different approach in science class. Here she describes an activity that is designed to engage students in generating questions. The objective of this lesson is for students to learn that a scientific investigation begins with a question and that questions can come from many places.

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  • on Mon May 06, 2013 10:33 AM

The author of this article starts out the first day of school with an interesting activity that has the students asking questions after they observe what is happening in the activity. This then leads them to talking about parts of the scientific method and discussing how the activity could be made into an experiment using questions they have developed. This interesting activity makes a great start to a year of science in the classroom. You might like to try it!!!

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:26 AM

Using a simple milk and food coloring activity to introduce observations and testable questions students engage in scientific inquiry. Students create a T chart with observations on one side and questions on the other. The purpose of this activity is to understand variables and determine what makes a question testable. This is a very good first day activity.

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

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