Scientific Observation Teacher Resources
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What do you see? (pre-visit)
Before heading out on a trip to a local art museum, learners practice taking observational notes. They discuss what to look for and how to make detailed scientific observations. They then go to a selected location on the school grounds and record everything they see at the selected site.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads
Monk Seal Research Expedition
Students study data. In this seal research lesson, students act as scientific researchers observing Monk seals in their habitat. They work in small groups to record data from a video and when through they share a piece of information with the class.
4th - 5th Science 3 Views 6 Downloads
Modeling changes to Ecosystems Part 1
Young scholars record changes in an ecosystem. In this science lesson students make a hypothesis about changes in a terrarium. They record their observations. The young scholars conduct an experiment to test their hypothesis.
4th - 7th Science 17 Views 159 Downloads
Third graders examine the non-standard method of measurement and compare it to the metric system of measurement. In this introductory module instructional activity, 3rd graders discover the scientific observation. Students also develop communication techniques during an activity.
3rd Math 3 Views 33 Downloads
Introducing the Use of Dichotomous Keys to Students
Students are introduced to the use of dichotomous keys as a simple means of beginning scientific observations in nature. They comprehend how to use a dichotomous key. Students distinguish characteristics of a group of organisms. They comprehend of the candy key to identifying plants.
6th - 8th Science 19 Views 162 Downloads
Let's Observe Scientifically
Students complete scientific observation to study similarities and differences in animals. In this similarities and differences lesson, students study pictures of twins and discuss similarities and differences. Students then study goldfish and crickets and discuss their similarities and differences.
K Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
Solve the Mystery Photo
Students observe a mystery photo and use descriptive language to solve the mystery. In this descriptive language lesson, students use scientific observation to figure out a mystery photo. Students rationalize their thoughts with descriptive words on a worksheet.
4th - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 6 Downloads
What's on a Penny?
As a lesson on scientific observation, have your class investigate the features of a penny and a nickel. Working in pairs, they practice writing detailed descriptions using their senses and a ruler to gather information. This is an important skill to develop for any branch of science you may be teaching elementary learners.
3rd - 8th Science 20 Views 19 Downloads
There is nothing more exciting for a child than going outdoors to explore a concept or idea. Take your second graders to the school play yard so they can locate and observe insects. The activity sheet includes two diagrams showing the parts of an insect's body and a scientific observation sheet to make bug watching a snap.
1st - 3rd Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Human Fingerprints: No Two the Same
Sixth graders explore scientific observations by analyzing a group of data. In this fingerprint identification activity, 6th graders identify the reasoning behind fingerprinting and create their own ink fingerprints. Students discuss the different fingerprint types and create a bar graph representing the similarities between fingerprints.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 33 Downloads
Inspecting Virginia Pines
Students generate scientific observations of pine trees. In this pine tree lesson, students explore pine trees native to Virginia. Students take a nature walk making scientific observations about the plants and trees they encounter. Using a microscope, students investigate the cellular structure of objects acquired during the nature walk.
5th - 7th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Volunteer Monitoring???Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Learners explore the monitoring efforts in Monterey Bay and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries. They develop an ecosystem monitoring plan that explains the rationale for ecosystem monitoring, the methods for monitoring based on research, the people involved in the project, the steps of the monitoring plan, and the benefit of the monitoring project to the area.
6th - 8th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Students discover the world through a magnifying lens. In this scientific observation lesson plan, students utilize a magnifying glass to investigate local plant life normally unseen by the naked eye. Students practice using vocabulary related to scientific observations.
Pre-K - K Science 6 Views 14 Downloads
Getting Down and Dirty With Soil
There are three types of soil. It's your job to introduce them to your students, and this lesson plan is a good place to start. Students are introduced to the three types of soil then work as groups to make scientific observations at four different soil centers.
3rd Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
What is Science?
In this scientific observation worksheet, students understand the difference between quantitative and qualitative observations. Students also apply the processes of inferring, predicting, and classifying using scientific observations. This worksheet has 3 matching, 17 fill in the blank, and 22 short answer questions.
9th - 12th Science 10 Views 78 Downloads
The Importance of Observation
First graders practice observing items in small areas. In this scientific observation instructional activity, 1st graders complete a worksheet that shows a child looking at a small patch of grass. They make a list of items that the child sees.
1st Science 3 Views 0 Downloads