The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.
The student uses age-appropriate tools and models to investigate the natural world.
How to Deliver a Good Oral Presentation: Discovery Education (website) - From a comprehensive website on science fairs, this article provides tips to teachers and students on presenting ideas and information verbally.
Exploring Parts and Wholes: Science NetLinks (website) - Students explore the concept of “parts” and “wholes” while examining, analyzing and communicating their observations of parts of toys, classroom objects, and outdoors items.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Color Burst: Science NetLinks (website) - During this lesson on separation of colors in water, students learn to communicate findings from their own investigations.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Tree Journal: Houghton Mifflin Company (website) - Students develop their observation skills by applying their senses to study the life in and around a single tree. After they are finished with the investigation, students illustrate their findings in a nature journal and share their drawings with the class.
Air Under Water: FOSSWEB (PDF) - Students investigate air pressure by submerging a vial into a basin of water, and then communicate their observations with others. (Use the No. 8 reproducible sheet.)
Drops on Pennies: PBS Kids (website) - In this simple, descriptive investigation, students predict how many drops of water will fit on a penny and then test their predictions. Students record and communicate their findings, and justify their explanations to the class.
Scientists Ask Questions. Garrett, Ginger (ISBN-13: 978-0516246628)
What is Science? Dotlich, Rebecca Kai (ISBN-13: 978-0805073942)
Making Observations: BrainPOP (website) - Activity ideas, including bird watching and “observing” objects without sight (while blindfolded), that increase students’ observation skills and abilities to communicate observations to their classmates.