New for 2016 – to see the older version with additional lesson details, please visit my post from last year.
Before starting the activity, I set the stage that they are a group of archeologists and have discovered an ancient tablet at an archeological dig site. Unfortunately, the tablet is broken and as they excavate, they only find a few pieces at a time. What does the ancient table say? Scientists all over the world try to decipher the ancient text…
- Original Worksheet: (pdf)
- Worksheet to compare posters (Google Doc)
- Words to cut apart (pdf) – this year I removed the word “bone” to change it up a little
- construction paper
- white paper cut into 1/4ths or small index cards
- glue sticks
- colored pencils
This year, I wanted to try something different for this lesson. Instead of seeing how close each group came to the original phrase that was on the “tablet”, I wanted each group to analyze the findings from the other groups to compare their findings and look for similarities and differences. This would be similar to a gallery walk (see video below) but without students explaining their posters, they would view posters at their own pace and choose any 3 posters to compare for each category.
Note – this lesson plan is a modification of the original lesson plan from The University of California Museum of Paleontology (link)
This introductory lab is a fun way to analyze data and the students look forward to finding the results each year. Who will be taller, boys or girls? Will we be taller than last year’s class? You can really analyze the data in multiple ways, you can also add the concept of min, max, mode, and range in addition the mean, you can look for trends, and you can talk about sample size, etc…
- Heights Lab Introduction and directions (Google Slides)
- Data Collection (Google Sheets)
- Heights Lab Template (Google Doc)
- Construction paper taped to wall/column
- Metric Tape Measures attached to wall or column over paper
Images above are from: http://www.nap.edu/read/13165/chapter/7#50
This post highlights the eight Scientific and Engineering Practices and spotlights a few lessons related to each practice. I had this as eight separate posts but decided to consolidate for easier viewing.
For more details and examples about the Science and Engineering Practices, visit NSTA.
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