This activity requires students to read stories where experiments were performed by members of the Simpson’s family. The stories are intended to be humorous. Students must identify the manipulated and responding variables (independent and dependent), the control groups, and draw conclusions from the data gathered. Students also suggest ways in which the experiment could be improved.
Excerpt: “Homer notices that his shower is covered in a strange green slime. His friend Barney tells him that coconut juice will get rid of the green slime….”
Grade Level: 6-9 | Time Required: 30 minutesAnswer Key
1. Asking questions (for science) 3. Planning and carrying out investigations 4. Analyzing and interpreting data