Part I: Question & Research
In this 3 part series, I will be discussing how the Scientific Method may be used in all subjects including life. Today, I'm starting with the first two processes in the Scientific Method - the Question and Research. Be sure to check back each week through December as I discuss how the Scientific Method may be used in all subjects.
First, students should know and understand the question or purpose of what they wish to accomplish. Whether you provide the question in the subject you are teaching or students develop their own question, it is important to outline what is being solved or studied. What is the goal of the assignment? What am I trying to solve? What do you want to learn about? What are you trying to answer? These are a few of the 'main' questions that students may begin with. Below are examples of questions for various subjects.
• Science: What is your experiment on? Can a potato be a power source for a clock?
• Reading: What is the goal of the reading assignment? What is the Author's Purpose?
• Writing: What am I writing about? What should be on our lunch menu at school?
• Math: What am I trying to solve? How many ways may I demonstrate 1/4 of a whole?
• Art: What am I trying to accomplish? Complete a painting like Monet.
• Social Studies/History: What is the goal of the assignment? What was Abraham
Lincoln's impact on history and culture?
• Life: State the Question or Purpose. What career path do I wish to follow in life?
Second, students research their question or purpose. Research may be executed in several ways, such as reading informational books, asking questions by interviewing others, searching the internet, and more. With any form of research it is always important to cite the sources and take notes on the information. Following are examples of how research may be conducted for the subjects listed.
• Science: Research a clock being powered by a radio by reading informational texts
and websites. What in the potato powers a clock?
• Reading: Why do Author's write textual information? Look for a paragraph about the
Author in the text or story. If it is a book, what does the cover page, back page, index
page, or other pages say about the Author and the book? Research why Author's
write via interviews, reading texts, and searching online. Research the Author of the
text you are reading.
• Writing: Ask questions to research the lunch menu. Interview cafeteria staff and
administration - note all sources. Some research questions may be, 'What is on the current
menu?', 'Who chooses the menu and Why do they choose what they do for
lunch?' 'What nutrition do students need?' Research nutrition, lunch facts for
schools, and more.
• Math: Research fractions. Informational texts and technology may be searched for
information on fractions and how they may be written.
• Art: Research Impressionism & Monet. Research may be conducted again by utilizing
texts and the internet. Some research items may also include types of paint or the
art styles of Monet.
• Social Studies/History: Research Abraham Lincoln, his contributions, cultural
influences, and his impact on the United States and the World via the previous
discussed ways to research.
• Life: Research career path options by researching online in occupational texts, and
Be sure to check back each Monday through December as I discuss how the Scientific Method may be used in all subjects in this 3 part series or follow my blog to stay updated. Look for Part II - Dec. 14th.
I hope you enjoyed the first part of this 3 part blog on "Using The Scientific Method in All Subjects, Including Life!" I firmly believe all subjects intertwine in education and in life - they all relate to one another. Finally, I'm able to share my thoughts on how the Scientific Method relates to all subjects and hope this is useful to you and your learners. Thank you for coming by to read and learn about the Scientific Method.
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