Identifying Independent and Dependent Variables in Magazine Ads



Looking for an alternative to typical worksheets for identifying independent and dependent variables? Try this challenging but fun alternative that takes students out of the classroom and into the real world!


Using this worksheet students will identify the independent variables, dependent variables, and controls in a hypothetical experiment where they test the claims made by an advertisement.


This resource includes a sample to assist in introducing the activity to your students.


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Uses for this product:

  • An independent work station in a set of stations
  • Differentiation – Assign this as a project for students who are already showing mastery
  • Homework 
  • Ready to print Sub Plans
  • Extension activity for early finishers
  • Use as a square on a Choice Board 
  • Assessment either formative or summative.



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What others have said about this identifying independent and dependent variables activity :

  • This is very challenging for my 8th graders and I LOVE it because it really makes them have to stop and analyze the advertisements, and it really helps to review independent vs. dependent variables.
  • Great concept for an activity in our consumer society. You had to find your own advertisements, but the kids really liked it a lot. Effective lesson.
  • Very clever…I hope this makes my student really think about products and their advertising.
  • This one is a keeper. Very creative and can use as a differentiated lesson! Thanks!


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