Lesson: Writing a Procedure
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes
This lesson offers practice at writing a procedure for an experiment or other lab activity. It also addresses some of the problems that can occur if procedures are not explicit enough.
Students practice writing a procedure.
Students evaluate a procedure to determine if it is explicit enough for a science experiment.
Students use a checklist for a good procedure.
- You can bring bread and peanut butter to class and ask the students for explicit directions on how to make a peanut butter sandwich. You may likely get responses that will mimic the cartoon below. Be sure to do exactly what the students tell you to do. This will show them that they need to be very detailed and explicit.