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  Feature Name: Experiment Procedure Chart
Author: Janet Kolodner

Category: Inquiry Tools: Guided inquiry

Subject: NA

Kind: Element/Applet

 Elementary School
 Middle School
 High School
 Higher Education
 Teachers & Principals


Software URL: SMILE

Created by: Owensby, Kolodner, & Ericson

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This Feature is connected to (1) Principles
  • Provide students with templates to help reasoning
    Feature in Visual Map
    This chart has 3 columns (see picture) labeled Procedure Step Description, Thing(s) to be careful about, and How you will be careful. This chart appears in the right-hand frame once the learner clicks the Use Template link next to the Procedure prompt.
    The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
    In middle-school, learners often have difficulties designing an experiment, and specifically, creating a procedure to use to carry out an experiment. Learners have to pay attention to detail and ensure that when the procedure is carried out, fair testing techniques are used. The experiment procedure chart helps students create step-by-step instructions for carrying out an experiment. They must make their description specific so that another team could run the experiment using their procedure.
    Context of Use:
    This chart would be used as a group is planning an experiment and deciding what steps they will take to carry out the experiment. At this point, they will be trying to figure out what they are trying to test, what materials they will need to use, and what steps they will take to obtain and gather data.

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