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  • Observing the Unobservable

    Journal Article | November 2022

  • Observing Nature

    Book Chapter | April 2008

    In this activity, students will be asked to review their experiments from the previous chapters. Throughout this book, the students have studied animal coloration through the use of models, rather than by investigating…

  • Observations and Inferences

    Book Chapter | October 2011

    Observation is frequently called the most basic of all the scientific skills. Ideally, observations should not include any assumptions, interpretations, opinions, or conclusions on the part of the observer. You should…

  • Observing Earthworms

    Book Chapter | February 2018

    In this lesson, children will observe and describe characteristics of earthworms and compare them to other animals. Students will investigate how various conditions affect the earthworms. Assessment criteria and…

  • Field Observations

    Book Chapter | November 2016

    This chapter addresses experimental and field observations, which include aspects of Asking Questions and Defining Problems; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions;…

  • Observing With Magnifiers

    Book Chapter | April 2016

    In this chapter, the objective of the activity “Exploring Magnifiers” is to introduce the hand lens or magnifier and explore its properties and to become so comfortable using magnifiers that students will use them…

  • Observing Earthworms

    Book Chapter | May 2019

    This activity is about observing the body and behavior of earthworms. After a rainy day, go on a “worm hunt.” Give each child a plastic cup and spoon and encourage children to dig and search for worms in grassy and dirt…

  • Observing Weeds

    Book Chapter | May 2019

    This activity is about looking for weeds when taking children on a walk. When back in the classroom, have them observe the weeds they pulled and put in their bags. Then have them tape all the weeds together on a big…

  • Predict, Observe, Explain: Activities Enhancing Scientific Understanding

    NSTA Press Book | October 2010

    John Haysom and Michael Bowen provide middle and high school science teachers with more than 100 student activities to help the students develop their understanding of scientific concepts. The powerful Predict, Observe…

  • Observing and Sorting Rocks

    Book Chapter | May 2009

    In this activity, students examine garden variety rocks, classifying them based on observable properties. This lesson teaches students not only about rocks but also about how to take a closer look at objects and…

  • Scientists and Engineers Are OBSERVANT

    Book Chapter | October 2018

    In this lesson, students learn that scientists and engineers are observant. They read about Jane Goodall in the book Me … Jane, by Patrick McDonnell. After reading, students observe ghost shrimp and discover patterns of…

  • Developing Observational Skills

    Book Chapter | April 2016

    In this chapter, the objective of the activity “Making and Observing Bubbles” is to make bubbles and make observations about their shape. Chapters 1 and 2 are also included in this book selection. Chapter 1 focuses on…

  • Teaching Students to Observe Their World

    Journal Article | January 2021

  • The Power of Observation

    Journal Article | February 2020

  • Observing the Effects of Acids and Bases

    Book Chapter | May 2009

    Combining acid/base chemistry, cell biology, and quantitative research methods, this “egg-ceptional” activity promotes a truly interdisciplinary perspective. First, students find out what effect acids and bases have on…

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