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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. Links to two related lessons are included at the bottom of the page.
Encourage an active lifestyle and teach the new Common Core standards at the same time! In one of a series of innovative lessons, young learners take 20-minute walks as they listen to podcasts recorded on various subjects. This particular lesson deals with the life, inventions, and theories of Galileo. After returning from their walk, your class will take a short comprehension quiz, as well as engage in discussion about both the recording they listened to and the exercise they completed. These resources include the necessary podcasts and comprehension quizzes and numerous discussion prompts. Note: Because pupils need to listen to this podcast while walking, you will need an MP3 player for each individual.
Explore caves with your class! Your scholars will participate in scientific observation, research, inference and deduction, reading, vocabulary, and writing activities about caves with this lesson plan. This resource contains five reading sections and after each one, learners participate in follow-up activities designed to reinforce the knowledge they gained from the reading.
Use these activities during a trip to a local art museum or after viewing art work online. Kids find a piece of art, describe it to a friend, who then draws it as it is described. In groups, they fill out a reflection worksheet as they observe an art piece for 15 minutes. There are weblinks, pre and post visit questions, and tips on how to make the museum trip successful.
Students study data. In this seal research lesson plan, 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. This lesson plan includes resource links and a data worksheet.
Third graders examine the non-standard method of measurement and compare it to the metric system of measurement. For this introductory module lesson, 3rd graders discover the scientific observation. Students also develop communication techniques during an activity. Students expand their knowledge of measuring distance and the tools of measurement.
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.
Students engage in making observations about the features of different animals. The instructional activity is an introduction to the importance of taking the time to make meaningful scientific observations in order to obtain the best data possible. They identify animals based upon an observation that is shared.
Students explore the idea of scientific observation and the use of a journal to record their observations. They examine the proper vocabulary used when describing scientific inquiry. Students observe a science experiment and they discuss their observations. Students record their observations.
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. Students make illustrations for their observations and a vocabulary word wall.
Students incorporate within this lesson scientific observations, senses: touch, sound, smell and sight, classification, states of matter and surface tension. Students make a substance and use scientific observations, as well as their senses to classify Oobleck and its ingredients as solid, liquid, or gas.
Students listen to the book, "Who Sank the Boat?" by Pamela Allen and make predictions. Students create a buoyancy experiment and explore measurement through scientific observations. They explore measurement (grams, liters, inches, meter, etc.) through math and discoveries.