The Plane Variable: A Science Experiment

A few weeks ago I wrote a post praising The Science Penguin's "Science Vocabulary Hands-On Instruction" packet. It's a fantastic resource for teaching science vocabulary that incorporates authentic, hands-on study of science concepts before applying explicitly taught vocabulary terms and definitions. I LOVE THIS STRATEGY! It has been so beneficial for my students to get hands-on experience with--for example--independent, dependent, and controlled variables BEFORE being taught those terms and what they mean. I've used many of the vocabulary activities in this packet, but the "Variables" lesson is one of my favorites!
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