Thursday, September 29, 2016

My Favorite Books to Help Introduce The Scientific Method + a FREE Scientific Method Brochure

boy scientist looking up with mouth open in awe

It guides students down an organized path of exploration.  Using the process of the scientific method with your students will allow them to gather the information and supplies they need to succesfully test a hypothesis.  I also love the fact that so many different life skills are involved too: drawing conclusions, trial and error, revision, etc.  And don't forget all of the different math skills, such as creating charts, graphs, and tables to record and analyze data.  Below are a list of my favorite books to help teach about the scientific method. (Please note that this post contains affiliate links for Amazon. By clicking on a book's cover and purchasing an item on the Amazon site using these links, I will receive a small commission on your purchase.)

picture of eight books to help teach the scientific method: upper elementary
1) I included Teaching the Scientific Method: Instructional Strategies to Boost Student Understanding by Millie Blandford on this list because it has so many hands-on experiments. If your students are stuck for ideas, or you need experiments ready to go, check out this book.  It also includes simple project set-up and recording sheets, as well as rubrics.  It is not a read aloud, but a resource for you the teacher.
2) What Do You Do With an Idea? is a simple read aloud for younger students that will encourage them to try new things, not be afraid of what others say, and to persevere. It will boost your students' confidence to experiment and explore their own ideas.  Use this book to help your students begin brainstorming ideas that they'd like to discover further with their scientific method projects.
3) The Scientific Method in Fairy Tale Forest by Laura Magner combines classic fairy tales with the scientific method.  Students will make connections with the tales, and try to solve the problems presented in the stories using scientific inquiry.  This is a great cross-curricular resource.
4) Mistakes That Worked: The World's Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be by Charlotte Jones takes a comical, cartoonish approach to the scientific method. I love the underlying message to students: It's okay to mess up sometimes, because something good might just become of it.  Learn from your mistakes. (This is a revised edition. You may wish to check out the older versions of this text as well.)
5) How to Think Like a Scientist: Answering Questions by the Scientific Method by Stephen Kramer is a read aloud that will have your students thinking about the hundreds of questions they ask themselves every day.  Some questions have easy answers. Others have unknown answers.  The scientific method is one way to find correct answers to everyday questions.  This is not a quick read, but one that could be spread out throughout your unit.
6) Your younger students will love the bright and quirky illustrations in Mad Margaret Experiments With the Scientific Method by Eric Braun.  Margaret loves science and uses the scientific method to help figure out why her friend keeps sneezing. This is a quick read that introduces the scientific method easily.
7) Investing the Scientific Method With Max Axiom by Donald Lempke uses a comic book style approach to teaching the scientific method.  Aimed at upper elementary students, this story packs a lot of facts in a fun-to-read for students format.  Check out the entire Max Axiom series.
8) Eleven Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill uses the scientific method to find answers to the silly questions kids wonder about all day long. It will get your students' creative juices flowing for sure. 

Picture books, read alouds, and videos are all helpful when teaching the scientific method. I also use interactive notebooks and digital recording sheets.  If interested, check out the following links.

Need a quick way to introduce or reinforce the scientific method with your students? Grab a copy of my free scientific method brochure below. Happy teaching!
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Click on the picture to download your FREE Scientific Method Brochure!

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