Drill: Display the scientific method poster. Ask - observe the poster of the propsed method of scientific inquiry. Explain any observations or significances. Review student responses. Have them conclude the necessity of questions as the center of scientific research; the importance of continually coming back and evaluating and posing new questions is essential in scientific inquiry. *HAVE STUDENT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN GUESSING IN SCIENCE AND POSING QUESTIONS = reinforce the VOCAB term Hypothesis. Review VOCAB - independent, dependent, and control variables using the Scientific Method Questions.
FRANCIS BACON INTERVIEW:
While students are getting out questions - dress as Sir Bacon or have another teacher dress as him. Introduce the expert in the field of scientific inquiry. Have students take notes on this individual and what they learn from this individual regarding the process of science. Sir Bacon should introduce himself and provide an insight into conducting science centuries ago; stress the idea that he is a father of scientific inquiry. Have students ask their questions. Students should experience the "day in the life" of the father of scientific inquiry and realize the hinderances, advantages, disadvantages in conducting research during his time.
If this ends your class end with this closing reflection question:
CLOSER: Compare the method of sciencitific inquiry in Sir Bacon's time and currently. How has it changed, and stayed the same? Why? What has caused such changes? Review VOCAB - independent, dependent, and control variables using the Scientific Method Questions.
COMPARE HISTORY AND CURRENT PRACTICES OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY
Students will be divided into groups using grouping sticks. They will investigate current research practices through a Jigsaw Activity. Have students make
Venn Diagram and answer an evaluating question comparing the process of scientific inquiry during the time of Sir Francis Bacon and today. Be sure to make the students aware of the Evaluating question before the start of this activity to ensure that they take appropriate notes. Students will have data to compare after viewing the videos and photographs of Ms. Maier's summer internship researching at Horn Point Laboratory.
All Class Activity: Laptop or tv capable of playing a video from camcorder, sheet of paper per student. Videos of Ms. Maier's Experiments.
Students will view the videos of Ms. Maier's Experiments with Ms. Maier providing her commentary on her experiences. Students will record notes on the videos in preparation for their Venn Diagram and Evaluating question at the end of class.
Station 1: Laptop, Sheet of paper per student
Power Point Current Instruments of Today's Research. Students will view power point of current instruments used in research and answer the questions included in the slide show.
Station 2: Laptop/or Printouts of Experiment Log Sheets, sheet of paper per student
Students will view the log sheets/graphs/cell counts and other examples of raw data. Students will answer the following prompt: Compare today's research practices to your predicted research practices during the time of Francis Bacon. What materials and skills are necessary to be successful? Be sure to address both time periods
Station 3: Journal Entries, Sheet of paper per student
Students will read the journal entries of Ms. Maier. Students will answer the following prompt on their sheet of paper: Compare the research experience of Ms. Maier to your predicted experiences during the time of Francis Bacon. Be sure to list 3 differences for each time period.