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Scientists Use Tools

Scientists Use Tools

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to explore that scientists investigate different things in the natural world and use tools to help in their investigations.

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Essential Understanding

The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in scientific problem solving.

Science Background

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.

Scientific Instruments

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.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Careers
iseek Careers,

Signature Lesson

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.

Tools Extend our Senses!
Regent University,

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.

Science All Around Us
Ohio Department of Education,

Supporting Lessons

Inventions 2: The Impact: Science NetLinks (website) – Students discover how scientist’s inventions can affect people and brainstorm to create inventions of their own.

Inventions 2, The Impact
Science NetLinks,

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.

Inquiring Minds
National Institutes of Health,

Assessment Ideas

Ask students to make a list of 3 scientists and tools they would use to perform their job.

Literature Connections

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)

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.

(K.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

(K.4B) Five Senses
Use senses as a tool of observation to identify properties and patterns of organisms, objects, and events in the environment. 

Related Math TEKS


K.8A   Describe and identify an object by its attributes using informal language (including shape, size, type, color, texture, or use).

K.13B Solve problems with guidance that incorporates the processes of understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness.

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

Additional Resources

Chemists I Have Visited: ACS Chemistry for Life (website) - Visit different chemists to learn about their jobs.

Chemists I Have Visited
ACS Chemistry for Life,

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.

Nautilus Live 2011 Expedition Overview
National Geographic,

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