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The Scientific Method WebQuest

Introduction

Egads! Your parents leave you alone for the first time and the first thing you do is spill red soda on your mother's favorite, brand new white rug. You swallow hard. You must figure out how to clean the stain and return it to its original condition before your parents get home tomorrow. 

You're broke so you can't buy a new rug. You don't have a car or driver's license. You don't have anyone else to blame this on. You do have numerous cleaning supplies and other household items. You hear the words of your science teacher echoing through your brain, "You're going to need to use the scientific method someday!" 

You mutter weird words at the thought of your teacher but realize the task of cleaning the rug is crucial in order to see your next birthday. What do you do first? Then what? What if you make a mistake? How do you decide when to stop? Do you rush in and make the stain permanent or even worse? 

Time for the scientific method! Onward ho!



Task

You ask Jeeves but he's no help.  You've forgotten the steps of the scientific method and you need them now!  You rip out your science folder and see the words:

Question    
Observation     
Hypothesis     
Experiment    
Analysis    
Conclusion  

It's time to get to work.  Great! You've got the process.  Now what do each of these words mean?   You're going to need to figure each one out in order to get this carpet cleaned in time!

Process

You will earn two grades for this assignment.  One grade will be based on a Lab Report completed by you and a partner.  The other grade will be based on the successful completion of the 12 questions on the WebQuest Worksheet.

Each student is responsible for completing his/her own WebQuest worksheet. You will work your way through all six steps of the scientific method in order.

      1) Question
      2) Observation
      3) Hypothesis
      4) Experiement
      5) Analysis
      6) Conclusion  

Each step has an individual tab at the top of the page.  Use the websites to find the answers to the questions on the WebQuest worksheet.  Be sure to record your information at each website before moving on to the next one.

Whenever you finish a step on the WebQuest worksheet, stop, and work with a partner to apply your knowledge towards solving the stain problem.  The WebQuest worksheet will take you step by step through the process of completing an actual lab report, so read it carefully.

Evaluation  
Click below to see the scoring rubric.   
Rubric

 

Question

Use the links below to...  
Answer Questions 1 & 2 under the Problem/Question Section on your WebQuest  Worksheet.

Once you have answered the questions go to your lab report and write down the question that you want answered in this experiment.

Question Links  
Science Fair Central

Six Steps of the Scientific Method

Observation

Observation
Use the links below to...  
Answer Questions 3 & 4 under the Observations Section on your WebQuest  Worksheet.

Once you have answered the questions, go to your lab report and write down both qualitative and quantitative observations for this experiment.

Observation Links

Observation or Inference?

What kind of Observation?



Hypothesis

Use the links below to...  
Answer Questions 5 & 6 under the Hypothesis Section on your WebQuest  Worksheet.

Once you have answered the questions, go to your lab sheet and write a testable hypothesis for this experiment.

Hypothesis Links

Access Excellence

Writing in Science



 

Experiment

Use the links below to...  
Answer Questions 7 & 8 under the Experiment Section on your WebQuest  Worksheet.

Once you have answered the questions, go to the lab report and write a detailed list of materials and step-by-step procedures for your experiment.

Experiment Links

Science Buddies
The Great "SM"




Analysis

Use the links below to...  
Answer Questions 9 & 10 under the Analysis Section on your WebQuest  Worksheet.

Once you have answered the questions, go to your lab report and organize your data in a logical order.

Analysis Links

The Scientific Method:  A Model for Conducting Research

Scene:  Scientific Method

Conclusion
Use the links below to...  
Answer Questions 11 & 12 under the Conclusion Section on your WebQuest  Worksheet.

Once you have answered the questions, go to your lab sheet and write your conclusion for this experiment.

Conclusion Links

Science Buddies
Draw Conclusions

Summary

Whoa!

By now you are either "Burnt Toast" and doomed to slave labor for life or a totally super scientist!  

If you're successful, the only way Mom will know is if you tell her...when you're 20 years old!  

Everyone looks back and sees ways they could have done it better, faster, more complete, or easier.  How about you?

PS.  Don't forget to carefully and properly throw away all the cleaning supplies!


Teacher Notes

Materials Needed for the Task:

Light colored carpet cut into 4" squares.
One 2'x 3'mat yield 54 squares.
Beware of teflon treated carpet as anything will clean it.
Red Soda
At least 5 different cleaning solvents.  i.e. Carpet Shout, Oxi-Clean, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, dish soap, ....
Applicators: paper towels, brushes, sponges
Clean up supplies for spills and drying.

Pedagogical Strategies:

Students will use deductive reasoning when they are researching the steps of the scientific method and completing the WebQuest Worksheet.  Inductive reasoning will be used by the students when they apply the knowledge that they have acquired from their research to solve the experimental problem at
hand.




 

 

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