Scientific Method

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In the late 1700s, Edward Jenner applied the scientific method and discovered that injecting people with cowpox prevented them from acquiring smallpox—leading to the first vaccine. In the fourth video of the series, individuals listen to a history of the people and thought processes behind the scientific method. The instructor then explains and gives examples of each step in the process, focusing on the example of playing music for plants to see if it affects growth.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners apply the scientific method to a question of their own and complete the experiment
  • Search for a fun, simple, and easy experiments on the Internet that teachers can use in class to support the scientific method
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should already know this process, so the video best fits on a day spent reviewing and utilizing the scientific method
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Video uses high-quality images
  • Great, simple definitions of independent and dependent variables, which some may struggle to understand
Cons
  • None
Common Core
NGSS