Thursday, January 15, 2015

Steps of the Scientific Method: An Activity with Rappers

My students used to have a hard time with the scientific method; I think because they thought it was boring without the experiments that go along with it. I always told them they had to understand the scientific method before they could do real experiments. To get them excited about learning the steps of the scientific method, I created an activity involving two of their favorite rappers: Lil Wayne and Drake. The students loved it and know and remember the steps much better after the activity.

The activity centers around an imaginary scenario about Lil Wayne wanting to increase his concert ticket sales. In the scenario, he goes through each of the six steps of the scientific method. I made six different cards for the activity.


Students work in groups to correctly organize the cards into the order of the scientific method.

After students organize the cards and the class goes over the answers together, the students individually reflect on the activity by completing a worksheet. Part of the worksheet asks students to explain in a paragraph how a card demonstrates a particular step of the scientific method.


Whenever possible, I try to bring student interests into the classroom in creative ways. My students learned a lot from this activity and remember the steps of the scientific method because they had fun learning about them.  After this activity they were ready to put the scientific method in action with labs and experiments.

Here is another version of the Steps of the Scientific Method Activity with Rappers. This version features the fictional rappers X-Kon and M.T. Nside.

 Rapper Activity

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8 comments:

  1. What a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing it and joining my linky!
    Carol
    Teachers Are Terrific!

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  2. Thank you, Carol! And thanks so much for inviting me to participate in your science linkup.

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  3. Oh how much fun! I will have to take a look at this for next year. Anytime we actually connect with their interests it helps out so much!!!

    ~Bagby~
    Get Your Science On In Room 701

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  5. There are no words to describe how amazing this is... Thank you!
    Is there somewhere we can buy the Lil Wayne and Drake version? Please and thanks!

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    1. Thank you Katrina! Can you please email me at ellythorsen@gmail.com?

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