Looking for an alternative to typical practice worksheets for identifying independent and dependent variables and designing controlled experiments? Try this challenging but fun alternative that takes students out of the classroom and into the real world!
In this activity students will determine the claim made by an advertisement and then identify independent variables, dependent variables, and controls in a hypothetical experiment in which they test the claims made by an advertisement.
This resource also includes an exemplar sample to assist in introducing the activity to your students.
Who is this resource for?
This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9. It comprehensively covers the mentioned topics, and includes several comprehension and extension questions that will lock in learning.
This resource requires access to advertisements, which can either be found online or in magazines or newspaper.
How Can I Use this Resource?
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- An independent work station in a set of stations
- Differentiation – Assign this activity as reteaching for students who have yet to show mastery.
- Creation of Independent Work Packet for students who are not able to be present for direct instruction.
- Extension activity for early finishers or for students who show a special interest in the topic
- Use as a square on a Choice Board
Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color with an exemplar sample. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Doc version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.
Please take a look at the preview file to see more of this resource.
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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!