Scientists Use Tools
The student is expected to explore that scientists investigate different things in the natural world and use tools to help in their investigations.
The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in scientific problem solving.
Scientific Instruments: SciTechStory (website) – This article discusses how scientific instruments extend our senses and open up new worlds of discovery. In kindergarten, this can be seen in the form of a magnifying glass allowing students to see the details of a tiny object which could not be made out with the naked eye.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Careers: iseek Careers (website) – Jobs in science are in high demand and are well paying. Read about educational requirements to obtain a STEM career at this website in order to motivate students to pursue science.
Tools Extend our Senses! Regent University (PDF) – This activity teaches students that magnifying glasses can allow them to see details which are not discernible by the naked eye.
Science All Around Us: Ohio Department of Education (PDF) – In this lesson, students explore a variety of scientific careers doing relevant hands-on activities. The scientists explored include meteorologist, engineer, pharmacist, botanist, environmental scientist, and doctor.
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Inventions 2: The Impact: Science NetLinks (website) – Students discover how scientist’s inventions can affect people and brainstorm to create inventions of their own.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Inquiring Minds: National Institutes of Health (website) – This lesson introduces the students to the basics aspects of scientific inquiry, including the use of tools during the process.
Ask students to make a list of 3 scientists and tools they would use to perform their job.
What is a Scientist? Lehn, Barbara, (ISBN-13: 978-0761312987)
Scientists Ask Questions. Garrett, Ginger, (ISBN-13: 978-0516246628)
What is Science? Kai Dotlich, Rebecca, (ISBN-13:978-0805073942)
Scientists at Work. Ring, Susan,( ISBN-13: 978-0736852678)
Chemists I Have Visited: ACS Chemistry for Life (website) - Visit different chemists to learn about their jobs.
Nautilus Live 2011 Expedition Overview: National Geographic (video) – Watch as Bob Ballard describes his upcoming Nautilus expedition. The crew will begin the voyage in the Black Sea searching for antiquities and exciting geology.