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Science: Document an Experiment

This activity is broken up into several parts, which are designed to be done over several days.  

Activity Part 1: In small groups, have students using the Video tool to record a short video of their experiment in the lab. Then have students use the Caption tool to explain the procedure for the experiment.

Activity Part 2: Have students type up their data collected while performing a lab in a document. Try using an app like Google Docs or Pages. Allow them to explain their hypotheses and procedure, and insert tables and graphs to visually represent the data they collected while in the lab. Once complete, have students upload the document from the device, Google Drive, or Dropbox using the Add File tool. Then have students use the Voice Recorder tool to share what they found most interesting from the results of their experiment.

Activity Part 3: Later, have students look closely at the other students write-ups from the experiment. Students should examine the other students’ data and listen to their findings, then leave a comment about whether their results were the same or different. If the results were different, why do they think that might be the case? 

Supports Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7: Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.9: Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.8: Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.9: Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

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