Scientific Observation Teacher Resources

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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.
In this writing worksheet, learners learn to write a scientific observation in the present tense with the passive voice. Students watch something for ten minutes, then write in the impersonal style of a scientific observer.
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. 
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. This lesson includes resource links and a data worksheet.
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. 
Students record changes in an ecosystem. In this science instructional activity students make a hypothesis about changes in a terrarium. They record their observations. The students conduct an experiment to test their hypothesis.
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 demonstrate sciientific observation skills and write natural histories. Working in groups, the create sea creatures via the surrealist game, The Exquisite Corpse. They write histories of their creatures and present them to the class.
Third graders examine the non-standard method of measurement and compare it to the metric system of measurement. In 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 study how to make scientific observations using an edible Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT). They participate in an experiment to reinforce how to record observations on the features of rocks.
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.
Young scholars use hands on scientific observation to determine characteristics of wood. They work directly with the materials and record their observations. Students test if wood absorbs water, if wood floats or sinks, and if all wood samples have the same properties.
Students discover that different liquids can have different densities. In this density lesson, students observe the densities of liquids and construct a "lava light."
Learners 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. Learners 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.
Students develop an understanding of how students and volunteers can make scientific observations that can aid conservation. They read the account of the Minnesota New Country School project by Ryan Fisher, Mystery of the Malformed Frogs. They further explore the Minnesota New Country School Frog Project website, which includes an interactive page for monitoring herp malformations.
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.
In this force and acceleration worksheet, 8th graders answer ten questions based on two graphs. The first graph is a scatter plot, the second is a line graph.

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