Guiding Question:  How do we do the work of scientists?


1.2  Scientific investigation and reasoning.  The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations.

(C)  Collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as a hand lenses, primary balances, and non-standard measurement tools

(D)   Record and organize data using pictures, numbers, and words.

(E) Communicate observations and provide reasons for explanations using student-generated data from simple descriptive investigations.

1.3   Scientific investigation and reasoning.  The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in scientific problem solving.

(B)  Make predictions based on observable patterns.

(C)  Describe what scientists do.






These are the five day lesson plans that go with this unit.



This is the heading for my bulletin board that included pictures and labels for the tools scientist use such as: hand lens, googles, microscope, lab coat, vials, telescope, gloves, tongs, pipette, balance scale, etc.


Safety in Science.ppt

This PowerPoint presentation includes the Safety Rules needed in the classroom.


Use this to record student responses to the pair-share question about tools a scientist might use.  Project on screen.  Double click on black astericks to record answers.  Double click on white astericks to record where students learned about scientists' tools.

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Students collect data by recording a whole object.  Then students record data using a hand lens to view the object.  Look for objects with texture to observe such as fabric, wood, newspaper photo, whole grain bread, crackers,  sand, etc. Model the activity and recording on the worksheet.  Students complete their worksheet.

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Students apply their hand lens skills to record their observations of the back of a penny.

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