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
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
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 plan deals with the life, inventions, and theories of Galileo.
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
What's on a Penny?
As a lesson plan 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
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
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.
K - 4th English Language Arts
Inspecting Virginia Pines
Students generate scientific observations of pine trees. In this pine tree activity, 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
Getting Down and Dirty With Soil
There are three types of soil. It's your job to introduce them to your students, and this activity 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.
What Do You See?
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.
8th Visual & Performing Arts
Sail the Surreal Seas: The Exquisite Sea Corpse
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.
3rd - 5th Science
Adopt a Schoolyard Tree
Help young scientists connect with nature and learn about trees with a fun life science instructional activity. Heading out into the school yard, children choose a tree to adopt, taking measurements, writing descriptions, and drawing sketches of it in their science journals.
2nd - 5th Math CCSS: Adaptable
You don't have to travel far to learn about rocks, just step outside, pick up a stone, and begin investigating. After taking a class walk around the school grounds collecting rocks, young scientists practice their skills of observation by writing brief descriptions and creating sketches of their samples.
2nd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
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.
Nature Journaling: Experience the Outdoors Through Writing and Drawing
Step into the great outdoors and develop young scientists' skills of observation with a nature journaling lesson. Given a specific focus or goal, children practice making and recording observations of nature through written descriptions and detailed sketches.
2nd - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Bats and birds are very similar; they fly, have wings, and are really neat to study. Little ones examine the similarities between bats and birds through scientific observation, Internet research, and by reading a variety of literary and informational texts.
1st Science CCSS: Adaptable