Lively Lessons: MythBusters

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Discovery Channel’s MythBusters

Students and teachers love to watch Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, tackle myths of all kinds. When used in the classroom, MythBusters episodes provide students with the opportunity to view a series of real life investigations.

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 12.03.42 PMDiscovery Education Streaming Plus makes it easy to access clips that have been edited and made ready for your classroom! There are over 180 MythBusters video segments available in Discovery Education Streaming Plus. After searching for MythBusters, narrow your search by Subject> Science and then further filter into a specific concept. In addition to video segments you’ll also have access to Teacher & Student guides, including a MythBusters Peer Review sheet.

 

 

 

 

An important part of the scientific pScreen Shot 2015-05-03 at 11.32.43 AMrocess is peer review. By observing and analyzing the scientific processes used by Jamie and Adam, students solidify their own understanding of investigative design, investigative process and how results are compared to what was known before.

 

Before viewing a MythBusters video, review with students the inquiry skills or refer to the inquiry/process skills found in your state standards.

 

Have a discussion where students to share examples of science investigation they can recall or to reflect on a recent investigation. Before playing the video remind students their job is to analyze the scientific process that Jamie and Adam use in their investigation.

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Use the MythBusters Peer Review Sheet to complete a peer review of the things that the MythBusters do in their science investigations.  Remind students that as a good peer reviewer, they should be on the lookout for anything the MythBusters could have done better. They should make a note of their changes and why they think this would be an improvement to the investigation. 

 

 

Note that not all of the MythBusters’ investigations are completely well-designed. Students should be encouraged to look for things that could be improved as well as things that are done well.

After students have viewed the video, give them time to complete their peer review sheets. Students should then compare their entries with a classmate. Have a class discussion about the investigation and what changes students would make. You might have students to come up with a design of their own.

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Have you used MythBusters video segments in your classroom to engage your students in real life scientific investigations or to engage them in other ways? We’d love to hear about it, please share in the comments, below!

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