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Scientific Presentations

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations. 

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Essential Understanding

The student uses age-appropriate tools and models to investigate the natural world. 

Science Background

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.

How to Deliver a Good Oral Presentation
Discovery Education, school.discoveryeducation.com

Signature Lesson

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.

Exploring Parts and Wholes
Science NetLinks, sciencenetlinks.com

Supporting Lessons

Color Burst: Science NetLinks (website) - During this lesson on separation of colors in water, students learn to communicate findings from their own investigations.

Color Burst
Science NetLinks, www.sciencenetlinks.com

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.

Tree Journal
Houghton Mifflin Company, www.eduplace.com

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.)

Air Under Water
FOSSWEB, www.fossweb.com

Assessment Ideas

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.

Drops on Pennies
PBS Kids, www.pbskids.org

Literature Connections

Scientists Ask Questions. Garrett, Ginger (ISBN-13: 978-0516246628)

What is Science? Dotlich, Rebecca Kai (ISBN-13: 978-0805073942)

Related Science TEKS

(1.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(1.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move.

(1.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, and non-standard measurement tools.

(1.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(1.4A) Tools for Collecting Information
The student is expected to collect information using tools, including computers, hand lenses, primary balances, cups, bowls, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and timers; non-standard measuring items such as paper clips and clothespins; weather instruments such as demonstration thermometers and wind socks; and materials to support observations of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.

Related Math TEKS

1.9A    Collect and sort data.

1.12A  Explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

1.13A  Justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

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.

Making Observations
BrainPOP, www.brainpop.com

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