Kinds of Evidence
The student is expected to analyze and interpret patterns in data to construct reasonable explanations based on evidence from investigations.
The student uses scientific inquiry methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations.
Analyze and Draw Conclusions: Discovery Education Science Fair Central (website) - An article that provides insight on how to aid students in conducting a science investigation.
Data, Statistics: Visionlearning (website) - Detailed information on statistical terminology, the role of statistics in describing variability—and reliability—in data, as well as the relationships between variables. Includes references for further reading and additional learning modules.
Inquiring Minds: National Institutes of Health (website) – Students use observations as evidence to deduce what is on the bottom of a “mystery” cube.
The mystery cube template can be found at the following link (pages 1 and 2):
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
The Mystery Box: Perkins School for the Blind (website) - A box filled with different household objects is described by senses and by measurements.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Making Observations and Generating Hypotheses and Expectations Using Our Senses: UC Berkley (website) - Students use their senses to make observations about a hidden object in a box.
Gives each student a potato of their own to make observations and measurements. Have them record their data into science notebook. Make sure they include a detailed drawing along with the measurements. Remove the potatoes and place them into one large bowl. Ask student to use their observations to recover the exact potato they previously had.
So Do You Have a Science Fair Project, Henderson, J. (ISBN-13: 978-0471202561)
What’s the Plan? Designing Your Experiment. Hyde, Natalie (ISBN-13: 978-0778751540)
Solving Science Questions: A Book About the Scientific Process. Chappell, Rachel M. (ISBN-13: 978-1600445422)
Metric Madness: K8Science (PDF) - This lesson enables students to use tools and apply the skills of estimation and metric measurement in an engaging format. Students rotate through stations or centers in groups. This lesson may be adjusted depending on measurement objectives of the grade level.