Scientific Method – Bridge Building

The beginning of the school year is perfect for teaching procedures, rules, and review material that will help students during the year.  Personally, I like to use the beginning of the school year to teach the students about the steps of the scientific method.  One way I do this is by having the students participate in a bridge building activity.  The goal of the activity is for students to work in groups and build a bridge that will be the strongest in the class out of 100 toothpicks and Elmer’s Glue.

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Students go through the steps of the scientific method as they complete their project.

Step One – Students will create questions that get them thinking about what type of bridge will be the strongest.

Step Two – Students will learn how to research and use a research recorder to research the different types of bridges. Students will also write a paragraph that includes the type of bridge the student thinks will be the best choice and three reasons based on research.

Step Three – Students will learn how to complete if…then… statements and create their own hypothesis.

Step Four – Students will create a blueprint using their ideas that their group created. Students will build their bridge using the blueprint and test their bridge.

Step Five – Students will analyze the different data of the class.

Step Six – Students will write a report of the activity.

Students have enjoyed this project both years that I have implemented it.  This year, I decided to share all of my resources and ideas on Teachers Pay Teachers!!

Please visit my store Dive Into the Mind of a Middle School Teacher to view the unit!

Enjoy!!

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