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									Scientific Inquiry
    Designed by Lee Ann Helsing
    August 2011
Goals:
 The main goal of this lesson is to teach
  students to use their five senses to
  complete a scientific investigation.
 Students will learn the steps to use in a
  scientific investigation.
 At the end of this lesson students will have
  an opportunity to choose an experiment
  to practice these skills.
Standards:
  Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic:
1.1
The student will conduct investigations in which
a)differences in physical properties are observed using the
senses; b)simple tools are used to enhance observations;
c)objects or events are classified and arranged according to
attributes or properties; d)observations and data are
communicated orally and with simple graphs, pictures, written
statements, and numbers; e)length, mass, and volume are
measured using standard and nonstandard units; f)predictions
are based on patterns of observation rather than random
guesses; g)simple experiments are conducted to answer
questions; and h)inferences are made and conclusions are
drawn about familiar objects and events.
Take a minute to think about
this question:
  What  would it be like to be a real
   scientist?
  Do you have 5 senses?
  Can you use your 5 senses?




                            YES!
You are a scientist!
You can use your sense of taste, touch,
smell, sight, and hearing to make careful
observations during a scientific
investigation!




                                  Next Slide
Watch this video about using
the scientific method.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytX-
 0nxZUCk&NR=1&feature=fvwp
Watch this video to hear a rap
song about the scientific
method.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xg4bI
puvRw&feature=related
Do you think scientists use
tools?


       YES             No
I’m sorry, that is not the correct
answer.
           actually use many tools to
 Scientists
  conduct an investigation. Please click the
  button below to learn more.




               Press Here for the
                Correct Answer
Correct! Scientists use many
tools to conduct investigations!
These are just a few examples.
Can you think of others?
Let’s break this process down.

What do you wonder about this
experiment? Write your question down in
your lab journal.
 Predict  what you think will happen in the
  experiment. Write it down.
 Plan your experiment. What tools will you
  need? What are the steps? What
  questions do you want to answer. How
  will you present the information?
 Use your five senses to make careful
 observations. Record these observations
 in a science lab notebook.
 Record  all of your observations. Reflect
 on this information and think about how it
 compares to your predictions. Have you
 answered your questions? Decide on a
 way to present what you have learned
 after completing this assignment.
     about what you have observed.
 Think
 Were your predictions correct? What
 have you learned?

 Howare you going to share what you
 have learned with others?
Let’s Practice Being a Scientist!
 Go to the following site to choose an
 experiment to complete with your small
 group. You must have your lab approved
 by your teacher before you begin.

 http://www.kids-science-
 experiments.com/
Bibliography
 This presentation was designed by Lee Ann Helsing.
 Videos:
 “How to Conduct an Experiment Using the Scientific
 Method.” Howcast.com. August 16, 2010. Online
 video clip. Howcast. 7 August 2011.
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytX-
 0nxZUCk&NR=1&feature=fvwp
 “Scientific Method Rap Video.” FricknFrack 1000.
 October 10, 2010. Online video clip. You Tube. 7
 August 2011.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xg4bIpuvRw&fe
 ature=related

								
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