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Scientific Presentations

TEKS Objective

Communicate valid conclusions in both written and verbal forms.

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Essential Understanding

The student uses scientific methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations.

Science Background

Scientific Communication, Peer Review: Visionlearning (website) - Detailed information on the process, purpose and importance of peer review for journal articles, grant submissions and other professional documents created by scientists. Includes references for further reading and additional learning modules.

Scientific Communication, Peer Review
by Anthony Carpi, Anne E. Egger, and Natalie H. Kuldell, Visionlearning, www.visionlearning.com

Scientific Communication: Scitable (website) – Wealth of information about oral, written and poster presentations appropriate for use with all levels of students.

Scientific Communication
Scitable, Nature Education, www.nature.com

Signature Lesson

Does Soap Float? Science NetLinks (website) – Students learn about the scientific process by investigating the central question: Does soap float? Have students describe their findings as a written report or as a poster, and use the written report or poster as the basis for an oral presentation to the class.

Does Soap Float?
Science NetLinks, sciencenetlinks.com

Supporting Lessons

Break the Tension, A Water Experiment: Education.com (website) - Students experiment with surface tension in water, and then communicate their conclusions verbally and in writing.

Break the Tension, A Water Experiment
by Alicia Danyali, Education.com

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

How to Deliver a Good Oral Presentation: Discovery Education (website) - Tips for students (and their teachers) to overcome the natural apprehension of public speaking and deliver strong oral presentations.

How to Deliver a Good Oral Presentation
Discovery Education, discoveryeducation.com

Assessment Ideas

Evaluation Rubric for Science Presentations: Tempe Union High School District (website) - Use this rubric to score students’ oral, written or poster presentations.

Evaluation Rubric for Science Presentations
Tempe Union High School District, www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/index.php

Oral Presentation Rubric: rubistar (website) - Complete rubric including 8 catagories at 4 levels.

Oral Presentation Rubric
Rubistar, www.rubistar.4teachers.org

Literature Connections

A+Projects: Winning Experiments for Science Fair. Vancleave, Janice (ISBN-13: 978-0471331025)

What’s the Plan? Designing Your Experiment. Hyde, Natalie (ISBN-13: 978-0778751540)

Related Science TEKS

(5.1A) Science Safety
The student is expected to demonstrate safe practices and the use of safety equipment as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations.

(5.2A) Design/conduct Experiment with One Variable
The student is expected describe, plan, and implement simple experimental investigations testing one variable.

(5.2B) Ask Questions, Formulate a Hypothesis
The student is expected to ask well-defined questions, formulate testable hypotheses, and select and use appropriate equipment and technology.

(5.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect information by detailed observations and accurate measuring.

(5.2D) Analyze Evidence and Explain
The student is expected to analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct observable and indirect inferred evidence.

(5.2E) Value of Repeated Experiments
The student is expected to demonstrate that repeated investigations may increase the reliability of results.

(5.2G) Graphs, Tables, Charts
The student is expected to construct appropriate simple graphs, tables, maps, and charts using technology, including computers, to organize, examine, and evaluate information.

(5.8D) Physical Characteristics of Sun, Earth and Moon
The student is expected to identify and compare the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.

Related Math TEKS

5.12B The student is expected to use experimental results to make predictions.

5.13CThe student is expected to graph a given set of data using an appropriate graphical representation such as a picture or line graph.

5.14B   The student is expected to solve problems that incorporate understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness.

Additional Resources

Communication and Leadership: BioEd Online (video) - View three videos, by expert Tracy Volz, PhD, to strengthen presentation and professional relations skills: Dynamite PPT Design; Planning and Preparing for a Leadership Presentation; and Enhancing Your Leadership Presence.

Enhancing Your Leadership Presence
BioEd Online, www.bioedonline.org

Planning and Preparing for a Leadership Presentation
BioEd Online, www.bioedonline.org

Dynamite PPT Design
BioEd Online, www.bioedonline.org

Science Notebooks in K12 Classrooms: Science Notebooks (website) - Examples of student work from science notebooks, guidance to incorporate science notebooks into your class activities, and strategies to integrate all content areas using notebooks.

Science Notebooks in K12 Classrooms
Science Notebooks, www.sciencenotebooks.org

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