Scientific Method and the Simpsons

NOTE: This is a new version of this activity, with new stories! 

Old Version: Scientific Method and the Simpsons

scientific method

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 minutes

Links below are to the new version of the activity:

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

1. Asking questions (for science)  3. Planning and carrying out investigations 4. Analyzing and interpreting data