Making and Recording Observations
Collect information by detailed observations and accurate measuring.
The student uses scientific methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations.
How the Scientific Method Works: HowStuffWorks (website) - Short discussion of how scientists use all of their senses to gather information about the world around them.
Research Methods, Description: Visionlearning (website) - Learn how scientists use detailed descriptions of their observations to identify patterns in natural systems and events.
What Makes Water Special? (Properties of Water): BioEd Online (website and video) - Students make detailed observations and collect information that allows them to compare the characteristics of two different clear liquids.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Test the Power of Baking Powder: Education.com (website) - Collect information by making detailed observations and measuring differences among four batches of cornbread that are identical except for variations in the amount of a single ingredient: baking powder.
Ick Can Stick! Make Milk Glue: Education.com (website) - Students accurately measure ingredients to make their own glue, and then observe its properties.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Butterflies in Space: BioEd Online (PDF) - Make detailed observations and accurate measurements while collecting information to compare the growth and behaviors of butterfly larva in classroom habitats to those flown in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station.
Science Notebooks in K12 Classrooms: North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership (website) - Learn how to use science notebooks to help students develop, practice and organize their science observations and understandings.
Assessment: North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership (website) - Use the rubrics provided to assess the quality of students’ scientific drawings, daily observations and use of their science notebooks.
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)
Naturalist Journals: BioEd Online (website) - Teacher guide covering the uses and benefits of naturalist journals, which for centuries have helped scientists organize sketches, pictures and written observations.
Elementary School Design Packet: NASA eClips (PDF) - Introduction to a formal process for designing and testing a product or experiment intended to solve a specific scientific problem.