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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 develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations. 

Science Background

Teaching the Science Process Skills: Longwood University (PDF) – This article explains that students have to communicate clearly and effectively if they are going to share their observations with the class.

Teaching the Science Process Skills
Longwood University, www.longwood.edu

Signature Lesson

How Does Your Flower Grow? Learn NC (website) – In this lesson, students will observe plants in various conditions, record data over a period of time, and communicate their findings with one another.

How Does Your Flower Grow?
Learn NC, www.learnnc.org

 

Supporting Lessons

Plant Experiment: Kindergarten-Lessons.com (website) - Scroll down to the 2nd experiment. Students express and communicate their ideas regarding the difference in appearance of plants grown in varying conditions.

Plant Experiment
Kindergarten-Lessons.com

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

How to Deliver a Good Oral Presentation: Discovery Education (website) - Delivering a strong oral presentation takes organization and practice. Use this website to guide students in making presentations of their findings from the previous lessons.

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

Assessment Ideas

For assessment, keep track of the students’ results on their journals. Note the students’ understanding of the process and results that occurred in the experiment by the students’ observations and predictions.

What Floats Your Boat? Easy Science Fair Projects (website) - Assess your students ability to  communicate observations as they perform a simple investigation to answer the following question: What shape boat floats the best?

What Floats Your Boat?
Easy Science Fair Projects, www.easy-science-fair-projects.net

Literature Connections

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

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

Related Science TEKS

(K.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(K.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move.

(K.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

Related Math TEKS

K.15A   Justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology. 

Additional Resources

How to Teach Science Activities: Kindergarten-lesson.com (website) – This article describes simple teaching techniques which can engage and motivate students in science education and activities.

How to Teach Science Activities
Kindergarten-Lessons.com

Fundamental Skills in Science – Observation: San Antonio Home Education (website) – This site provides information about how we learn through our senses. It also makes a historical review of how observations made by famous scientists develop the views of scientific knowledge based on reasoning and observations.

Fundamental Skills in Science - Observation
San Antonio Home Education, www.homeedsa.com

  

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