Observable Patterns in Nature
The student is expected to make predictions based on observable patterns in nature such as the shapes of leaves.
The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in scientific problem solving.
Making Predictions – A Strategy for Reading and Science Learning: Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle (website) – This site explains the relationship between predicting in reading and science. It goes on to explain that predicting in science is a process skill about gathering evidence to infer the outcome of a future event.
Predictable Patterns: Explorit Science Center (website) – This site explains how recognizing a pattern can help students to make predictions about what happens next. The Background section is on the top of this website.
What is Inquiry Science Teaching? BioEd Online (video) – Nancy Moreno, PhD, explains how to use questions and investigations to guide your students' science learning.
Kindergarten Inquiry – Investigating Leaves: Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project (website) – This lesson begins by having the students make a prediction about the contents of a box. They will then make observations on leaves and classify them based on the patterns, then play a game based on the patterns they’ve observed on their leaves.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
A Matter of Pattern: Science NetLinks (website) – This is a lesson on which students will create and predict patterns while making paper snowflakes. Students will understand that patterns may be predicted based on observation.
Floating and Sinking: Kids Science Experiments (website) – Students predict and test which object will float or sink in water, record the data, and report the results.
A Magnet Project Makes a Great Science Fair Idea! Easy Science Fair Projects (website) – Students make predictions, observe outcomes, collect data, and test various objects to find out if they are attracted to a magnet.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Floating Sponge: Kids Science Experiments (website) – Students predict whether or not a sponge will sink in water or float and then test their prediction.
Provide the student with a piece of paper and crayons and have them create a pattern of their own using colors, numbers, shapes, etc.
Science Fair Projects Using Water: Easy Science Fair Projects (website) - Assess your students’ ability to make predictions based on observable patterns as they perform this investigation.
Bow-Wow Orders Lunch (Bow-Wow Book: All about Pattern), Newgarden, Mark, (ISBN-13: 978-0152058296)
Why Do Leaves Change Color? Maestro, Betsy, (ISBN-13: 978-0064451260)
Learning About Leaves, Wrazen, Shanna, (ISBN-13: 978-0823981021)
No Roses for Harry, Zion, Gene, (ISBN-13: 978-0064430111)
The Kid’s Book of Weather Forecasting, Breen, Mark, (ISBN-13: 978-1885593399)
Kindergarten Harvest Lesson Plans – Leaves I: Bright Hub (website) – Series of activities and lessons to teach kids about autumn using leaves.
Predictable Patterns: Explorit Science Center (website) - This website provides a few very interesting activities about exploring patterns and making predictions from them. The top part of the webpage is dedicated to provide background to the teacher. The bottom part contains the activities.
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.