The Scientific Process


     Our first science activity of the year was "How many drops of water can you fit on a penny"?   We discussed the steps of the Scientific Method: Set a Purpose/Question, Research, Hypothesize, Experiment, Record/Analyze Data, Draw Conclusion.  Materials are inexpensive and readily available: napkin, dropper, penny, cup of water to share at table. 
 
      I like this activity because it quickly gives students experience with the Scientific Method, it leads to other questions, such as, "Why does the water look like a bubble?  Why does it take so long for the water to spill off the penny?", and because they like it!  Happy Science!
Pat McFadyen
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  1. Hi Pat! I came across a link to your blog via one of your comments in the TPT forums! I am a 5th grade teacher as well, and fellow teacher blogger! I just did the scientific process as well, and I'll be posting our experiment this week. I'm happy to be your newest follower!
    Amber @ The Teacher Life

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    1. Hi, Amber! Welcome to Growing in 5th Grade! You've got a lot to do, but I can tell you'll be able to do it...and with style! I remember how it felt to leave my babies, too; you'll both be fine. Please let me know if I can help. I've worked on "translating" the 5th grade Math Common Core Curriculum for my district. It's going to be a great journey! I'm following you, too!

      Pat

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  2. Great activity. Glad I found you on the TPT forum! Welcome to blogland :) Happy blogging!
    Teresa
    Fun Games 4 Learning

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    1. Hi, FG4L! So glad you stopped by! I'm following you, too!

      Pat

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  3. Most impressive! I'll look forward to following this throughout the year. Maybe I can even adapt some things for my pre-school grandkids!

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    1. Thanks, Ken! Being the fun grandpa you are, I'll bet they'll love anything you do!

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