Scientific Method

Linda M. Teel
School Library Journal
January 2010

This film clearly explains the purpose of the scientific method, the steps scientists take from defining a question to reaching a conclusion, and how the scientific method influences daily life. Real-life problems are explored, such as what type of paint is best to use in a particular climate and which athletic shoes will be most suitable for playing basketball on a blacktop court. Various examples of discoveries in medicine, household electronics, and crop cultivation are shown to be the result of the scientific method. The scientific method is presented via a scenario involving the observation of the freezing temperatures of pond water and ocean water. The guide contains pre- and post-tests, the script, vocabulary, and student activities. A valuable resource for teaching this topic and an extremely useful tool to help prepare students for science fair projects