Lesson Plan

Think Like a Scientist

Scholars watch a video and meet a scientist who is studying sharks as she explains her observations about the sharks and provides her hypothesis to explain their behavior. Learners then act like a scientist as they watch an aquarium webcam by making observations and recording questions as they have them.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have individuals design either an experiment or research that would answer the "I Wonder" section of the worksheet
  • Before beginning the video, students list what they think about when they hear the word scientist
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes the class knows about the scientific method
Pros
  • The video is available for download or watching on YouTube
  • Provides links to outside sources for other research projects
Cons
  • The link to the whale research project is broken