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Science Careers

Science Careers

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to connect grade-level appropriate science concepts with the history of science, science careers, and contributions of scientists.

Essential Understanding

The student knows that information, critical thinking, scientific problem solving, and the contributions of scientists are used in making decisions.

Science Background

What Do Scientists Do? Try Science (website) – Science plays a crucial role in numerous jobs and influences society greatly.  Read about the importance of science careers and how students can be engaged to think about them.

What Do Scientists Do?
Try Science,

Signature Lesson

Images of Science: Science NetLinks (website) – What a scientist does for a living can be a mystery for many adults and children.  This lesson demonstrates to students the diversity of people who are scientists.

Images of Science
Science NetLinks,

Supporting Lessons

What Do Scientist Do? Science NetLinks (website) – This writing activity challenges a class to create a book on science careers with each student contributing a chapter on a particular career.  This lesson is intended for a higher grade level but can be adapted to 3rd grade.

What Do Scientist Do?
Science NetLinks,

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Biography Project: Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (website) – Student can choose one of the many scientists from this website to complete a highlight as a biography project.

Biography Project
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science,

Assessment Ideas

Careers in Science:  Science Buddies (website) – Challenge students to chose two different types of careers found on this website and compare and contrast them.

Careers in Science
Science Buddies,

Help Wanted: PBS Kids (website) –Students utilize their knowledge of science careers and science equipment as they play this board game.

Help Wanted
PBS Kids,

Literature Connections

Career Ideas For Kids Who Like Science. Reeves, D. (ISBN-13: 978-0816065509)

What is a Scientist? Lehn, B. (ISBN-13: 978-0761312987)

Scientist Ask Questions. Garrett, G. (ISBN- 978-0516246628)

Related Science TEKS

(3.1A) Science Safety
The student is expected to demonstrate safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including observing a schoolyard habitat.

(3.1B) Recycling/Disposal of Science Materials
The student is expected to make informed choices in the use and conservation of natural resources by recycling or reusing materials such as paper, aluminum cans, and plastics.

(3.2A) Plan and Implement Descriptive Investigation
The student is expected to plan and implement descriptive investigations, including asking and answering questions, making inferences, and selecting and using equipment or technology needed, to solve a specific problem in the natural world.

(3.2B) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data by observing and measuring using the metric system and recognize differences between observed and measured data.

(3.2C) Graphs, Tables, Charts
The student is expected to construct maps, graphic organizers, simple tables, charts, and bar graphs using tools and current technology to organize, examine, and evaluate measured data.

(3.2D) Analyze Evidence and Explain
The student is expected to analyze and interpret patterns in data to construct reasonable explanations based on evidence from investigations.

(3.2E) Value of Repeated Experiments
The student is expected to demonstrate that repeated investigations may increase the reliability of results.

(3.2F) Communicate Conclusions
The student is expected to communicate valid conclusions supported by data in writing, by drawing pictures, and through verbal discussion.

(3.4A) Tools for Collecting and Analyzing Information
The student is expected to collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, wind vanes, rain gauges, pan balances, graduated cylinders, beakers, spring scales, hot plates, meter sticks, compasses, magnets, collecting nets, notebooks, sound recorders, and Sun, Earth, and Moon system models; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observation of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.

(3.4B) Safety Equipment
The student is expected to use safety equipment as appropriate, including safety goggles and gloves.

Related Math TEKS

3.13A  The student is expected to collect, organize, record, and display data in pictographs and bar graphs where each picture or cell might represent more than one piece of data.

3.13B  The student is expected to interpret information from pictographs and bar graphs.

Additional Resources

Cool Careers in Science: PBS (website) – Compilation of scientists that work in an unusual scientific field. This is an interactive site with cool cyber field trips to exotic places such as the Galapagos Islands.

Cool Careers in Science

Science Careers: (website) – Find websites that highlight dozens of science careers including farmers and oceanographers.

Science Careers

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