7 Steps to the Scientific Method



Before you can dive into any of the hands-on aspects of your science class, your students need a firm grip on the 7 Steps of the Scientific Method!

Most likely, you already have a lot of content, but you need the perfect supplemental to really make the steps stick and rope in your reluctant readers. Luckily, this learning package is the perfect solution!

What are the 7 steps of the scientific method? This comic will answer this question in a visual format with relatable examples. Get your students excited about reading content, and engage all levels of learners. This download is jam-packed with engaging resources, including Google Slides, relatable contentTWO versions of Doodle Notes, drawing activities, a hands-on STEM activitylab reports, a final project, and rubrics.

Take advantage of the graphic novel craze and teach science using comics!

Your students will light up (pun intended) when they get to conduct experiments with GLOW STICKS!

This Scientific Method Learning Pack download includes:

  1. Google Slideshow– Link provided on the first page of the PDF download.
  2. Fully Colored Content Comic– Perfect for projecting on front board or printing as a poster.
  3. BlackLine Comic– Easily printable, fun to color
  4. Fill-in-the-Blank Doodle Notes- Use as guided reading or guided note-taking tool
  5. Drawing Doodle Notes- Many words remain, but images are missing. Students draw them in.
  6. Final Comic Project- A completely blank comic template. Students can draw in vertical lines where they see fit.
  7. Rubrics– Two rubrics, differentiated for learning levels, to help you grade the final project.
  8. Hands-on STEM Activity- Demonstrate the steps to the scientific method via this LOW-PREP and INEXPENSIVE lab!
  9. Lab Report- Students are guided through the steps as they complete the lab and this report.
  10. Answer Keys for Guided Notes and Lab Reports
  11. Teacher Tips– Tips and instruction ideas for you!
  12. Easel Version– For your students’ Google classroom or learning devices!


This comic illustrates the process with a relatable, real-life example and shows readers how these steps can be utilized outside of the classroom. Our characters will embark on a scientific inquiry as they search for the perfect pair of new shoes. During their inquiry, they will demonstrate each step of the inquiry process through the process of questioning, researching, forming a hypothesis, and experimenting. Will they find the shoes they are looking for?


What makes Cool School Comics such an impactful learning tool?

  • They are FUN! 
    • This is the most crucial benefit.
    • Students are more willing to participate and more engaged.
    • The content STICKS.
  • Visual learning is EFFECTIVE. 
    • About 65% of the population consists of visual learners.
    • Visual information is processed faster.
    • Students who SEE information are more likely to retain it.
  • EASY to implement! 
    • These lesson plans are complete and ready to go, requiring minimal prep time.
    • You only need to make copies, upload supplementals to your virtual classrooms, and set up the hands-on activities.
    • Lots of flexibility! You can print these as posters, add them to interactive notebooks, hand them out to students, or share them virtually. There is plenty of room for modifications.
  • Comics make content ACCESSIBLE
    • Naturally differentiated, comics accommodate a wide range of learning abilities and styles.
    • Great for classrooms with a diverse population of learners
    • They can simultaneously rope in both your gifted and struggling students (and everyone in between).
    • Reluctant readers gravitate toward comics.
    • Comics help English Language Learners and SPED students find success.

⭐️ This unit is especially effective in special ed classrooms, with ESL learners, and with at-risk youth. The vivid illustrations keep learners engaged and help struggling readers decode the information. Add this to your summer school curriculum and help your most challenging learners finally feel successful.

Capture the power of comics and visual learning in your classroom and witness the impact this learning tool can have!

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Next Generation Science Standards

Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

MS-ETS1-4 Engineering Design

Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

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