Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Using the Scientific Method in All Subjects, Including Life! - Part III

The Scientific Method & It's  Applications Part III: Conclusion & Publish

In this 3 part series of weekly blogs I have been discussing how the Scientific Method may be used in all subjects including life.  Today, I'm finishing the series in the Scientific Method - Conclusion & Publish.  You may wonder why I added 'Publish' since it's not on the typical 'Scientific Method' charts we've used for years, yet, it is a very important part of the whole process.  Science fair projects, written work, artwork, science journals, and more are published with the whole process outlined.  It is very important to publish the work that you did and executed.  Below read why I state Conclusion & Publish are the final steps in the Scientific Method and how it relates to all subjects.

5. Conclusion
Fifth, students reflect and analyze their research, data, and experimenting of their hypothesis to draw their own conclusion.  This is when students reflect on steps 1-4 of the Scientific Method and review any research, notes, or data.  Below are possible conclusions from the various subjects I've discussed in the last two weeks posts.
Science:  I do believe a potato can power a clock.  During my 3 experiments the potato demonstrated current but was not enough to power the clock.  Through research, I determined this is possible for a potato to power a clock, however, I would like to investigate this further and complete a few more experiments.
Reading:  The Author's Purpose in the book I read, is to encourage me and others to read more.  I determined this by taking a poll of my class reading the book, investigating several passages, and investigating the author.
Writing:  I conclude my lunch menu is better than the one in the cafeteria.  I've listed what should be on our lunch menu, along with the data from my polls and from my taste tests which support my conclusion.
Math:  I conclude 1/4 of a whole may be represented as a ratio, a fraction, a decimal, a percent, and with visuals. 
Art:  I can complete a painting similar to the Impressionism style of Monet.  My painting is similar but bolder than Monet's style with larger brush strokes and not the exactly the same.  I will continue to try to paint more paintings similar to Monet as I refine my skills.
Social Studies/History:  My conclusion is that Abraham Lincoln made a huge impact on culture and history which is supported by all the data I found and polls I conducted.
Life:  My conclusion is that I can be an EMT, Firefighter, and Computer Technician.
6. Publish - Share.
Finally, students publish their project, research, questions, hypothesis, data, and conclusions.  Below are possible ways students may publish their projects from the various subjects I've discussed in the last two weeks posts.
Science:  The experiment may be displayed like the typical science fair projects on a tri-fold board with the following posted on the board: Question/Purpose stated, the Equipment & Materials posted, photos of the experiment, notes & data from the experiment, and the Hypothesis and Conclusions stated.  The experiment also may be displayed electronically with a slide show and online journal of data.
Reading:  The student publishes/submits a written response to the question in a 'research paper' form.  The student may also post the information on a tri-fold board displaying enlarged passages from the text supporting the data and their investigation into the Author's purpose.  The student may also execute a Power Point noting all questions, research, hypothesis, supporting data, and their conclusion.
Writing:  This may be published as a written project and shared with the class, or school.  It may also be published on the school's site featuring written projects that allows voting, like in science fairs, but voting to determine the favorite writing project.
Math:  Execute your drawings and findings by publishing on poster paper, copy paper, or notebook paper (this is much of what we ask students to do during assessments many times especially with fractions). With technology today, any of these projects may be published, shared, and displayed as slide shows or in various other technological ways.

Art:  Publish your artwork on canvas or heavy painting paper.  Display your art in a show with a paper detailing all of your research and project.
Social Studies/History:  Again, with this subject it may be displayed like the reading and writing projects.  Another option is to have a visual representation with minimum text on a poster paper or to publish a virtual slide show demonstrating why he has been such a large influence in the past and even in today's culture.
Life:  Publishing this is to execute it, do it, and share your talents with the world.  Also, you may display your research, thoughts, and more with others via online, on poster paper, as a written paper, or on a tri-fold board if it is a project for school.  Share - share your talents....you may also try working as a firefighter and EMT while getting certified to be a Computer Technician (hint: some high schools have programs where you can gain certification as an EMT and Firefighter by 11th grade).  Experiment to find what your career interests are & enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed the 3 part blog on "Using The Scientific Method in All Subjects, Including Life!" and it is useful to you and your learners.  I firmly believe all subjects intertwine in education and in life - they all relate to one another.  Thank you for coming by to read and learn about the Scientific Method. With so many schools STEMing and STEAMing, I hope this is useful to you in all subjects.

If you missed the first two articles you may use the links below to read all about them.
Using the Scientific Method in All Subjects, Including Life! - Part I
Using the Scientific Method in All Subjects, Including Life! - Part II

Best Wishes, Ms Moore
Certified K-6, 6-9 math, and 6-9 science
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