- Give students handouts explaining what they will be
doing over the next few weeks and how they will be graded. Tell students
to record everything they do for the activity in their Science journal.
- Ask students the following question:
- Based upon your observations yesterday, do you think
that ants have a preference for what type of material they collect?
Through class discussion, you will:
- generate several hypotheses as to what the ants may
prefer to collect based upon the previous day's observations. You
should agree upon a single hypothesis.
- discuss the making of plans and materials to test
- design a method for taking data together and decide
how to record quantitative data (i.e. how often ants select specific
objects), and descriptive data (other behavioral observations).
Be sure that all three students in each group can participate
in the gathering of data when the experimental plan is designed.
- Students will break into their groups of three to complete
the experiment designed on Day 2. Be sure that the materials the students
will need are available.
- Students will test the hypothesis and gather data for
the entire hour.
Collect your materials and go outside to do the experiment.
- The class will discuss the data and make graphs together.
- Students will attempt to draw conclusions which will
then be discussed in class.
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