Scientific Observation Teacher Resources

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Insects Hunt

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
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...
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Introducing the Use of Dichotomous Keys to Students

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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What's on a Penny?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
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...
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Measuring Natural Objects

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students predict the measurement of objects. In this measurement lesson, students estimate the measurements of objects in a lab. Students measure irregular objects and generate scientific observations.
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Inspecting Virginia Pines

For Teachers 5th - 7th
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....
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Getting Down and Dirty With Soil

For Teachers 3rd
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...
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What do you see? (pre-visit)

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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Circles of Life: Writing About Wildlife

For Teachers K Standards
Take little ones outside for a scientific observation and investigation. The class treks through the school yard to observe living things in the environment. When they return to class, they engage in a think aloud activity, are...
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Evolution Primer #2: Who Was Charles Darwin?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce your young scientists to Charles Darwin, his observations, and how those observations became the basis of the theory of evolution. Use this clip to build an understanding of scientific observation, data collection, and the...
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Caves

For Teachers K - 4th
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...
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Gravity: What is it?

For Teachers 5th - 6th
What is gravity and how do you explain it? Use this presentation to guide an inquiry-based lesson centered on understanding gravity through hands-on experience. Each slide provides a definition, example, or activity for students to...
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Blow the Roof Off!

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Blow the minds of young scientists with this collection of inquiry-based investigations. Based on a series of eight videos, these "hands-on, minds-on" science lessons engage young learners in exploring a wide range of topics from making...
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Infrared Yellowstone Lesson 1: The Invisible Yellowstone National Park

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Using NASA infrared imaging and a temperature map, learners hone their scientific observation skills. They look at multiple images of Old Faithful before, during, and after a geyser emission. They compare the infrared images to regular...
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Marvelous Measurement in the Outdoor Classroom

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Here is a lesson that isn't just about making scientific observations, it's also about determining which tool is needed to collect accurate data. After reviewing what it means to be safe when working outdoors, the class hikes around the...
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Growing Minds: Cabbage Exploration

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
It's all about cabbage in this scientific observation resource! After reading a related story, learners explore three varieties of cabbage. They observe the leaves using a leaf diagram, predicting what the middle might look like. They...
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Scientific Observations

For Teachers 5th - 6th
In this writing worksheet, students 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.
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Introductory Module

For Teachers 3rd
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...
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Human Fingerprints: No Two the Same

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore scientific observations by analyzing a group of data. In this fingerprint identification instructional activity, 6th graders identify the reasoning behind fingerprinting and create their own ink fingerprints....
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Magnificent Magnification

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students discover the world through a magnifying lens.  In this scientific observation lesson, students utilize a magnifying glass to investigate local plant life normally unseen by the naked eye.  Students practice using vocabulary...
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Earth and Space—Climate and Seasons

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Why does Earth have so many seasons? Learn about the importance and changes of our planet's climate with a series of learning activities, which focus on connecting seasons to past experiences, making scientific observations, and...
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Adopt a Schoolyard Tree

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Help young scientists connect with nature and learn about trees with a fun life science activity. Heading out into the school yard, children choose a tree to adopt, taking measurements, writing descriptions, and drawing sketches of it in...
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Nature Journaling: Experience the Outdoors Through Writing and Drawing

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
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...
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What Plants Need to Grow

For Teachers K - 2nd
What do seeds need in order to grow into plants? This presentation follows what happened every four days during a seed growth and observation study. Images compare how well two sets of seeds did under specific circumstances. Use this to...
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Backyard Rocks

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
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...

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