Unit 1 The Scientific Method

The purpose of the first unit is to introduce students to long-term scientific investigations.  We will identify factors that influence others in a positive or negative way.  We will define a problem.  We will know lab protocol for counting and measuring, what are the appropriate tools to use, and procedures for collaborating as a lab group or partner.

Week 1: Scientific Method Overview

  • Rules for Atoms
  • Lab Safety
  • Lab Groups & Partners

Week 2: Qualitative and Quantitative Observations

  • Lab Station Rotation
  • Community and Ecosystems
  • Defining Boundaries

Week 3: Differences Between Variables, Control, and Investigations

  • Lab Tools and Measurement
  • Collecting Data

Week 4: Graphing; Relationships between Independent and Dependent Variables

  • Defining Relationships

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