What do Scientists Do?
The student is expected to describe what scientists do.
The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in scientific problem solving.
Sea Grant Marine Careers: WHOI Sea Grant Program (website) - Learn about the wide variety of careers available in the marine sciences, including marine biology, oceanography and ocean engineering.
How the Scientific Method Works: HowStuffWorks (website) - Good descriptions of the approaches used by scientists, with numerous examples of famous scientists and their contributions.
In the Mix: 3M Science of Everyday (PDF) – In this lesson, students cooperate as engineers and scientists to solve a real world problem related to the filtration of water.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
How Big in Your Heart? National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (website) - Describe the location and function of the heart, and how exercise affects the heart.
Beluga Whales in the Ice: National Geographic Xpeditions (website) - Students become scientists as they research how beluga whales survive in the icy Arctic and subarctic waters and why they sometimes need to migrate.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Fish Aren’t Afraid of the Dark: National Geographic Xpeditions (website) - Introduce students to the concept of bioluminescence and discuss how animals benefit from having their own light sources.
Nautilus Live 2011 Expedition Overview: National Geographic (video) - Watch Bob Ballard describe his upcoming Nautilus expedition, which will begin in the Black Sea, searching for antiquities and exciting geology.
Archeology for Kids: National Park Service (website) – Who are archeologists and what do they do? This site provides the anwers.
Draw A Scientist: Crestwood Explores the World (website) - Students can demonstrate what they learned about what a scientist does by drawing one.
What is a Scientist? Lehn, Barbara. (ISBN 0761312986)
Scientists Ask Questions. Garrett, Ginger. (ISBN 0516246623)
What is Science? Kai Dotlich, Rebecca. (ISBN 0805073949)
Scientists at Work. Ring, Susan (ISBN 0736852670
Want to Be a Scientist? Sci4Kids (website) - Learn about the many interesting career opportunities available to new scientists in a variety of agricultural disciplines.
Principal Research Scientist, Dr. Charles H. Mazel: Ocean Explorer NOAA (website) - What does a principal research scientist do? View the video pages for more information.