This unit describes how your child can use their senses to make observations (a step in the scientific method), how tools enchance observation, and how observations should be written down in a science notebook. Children will try to guess what objects are by feeling them, observe what's happening at a pond by using four of their senses, and by doing an experiment to observe color changes of water. Worksheets are provided to help your child practice observing things. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach science.
Science notebook or clipboard and paper
|Making an Observation||(no rating)|
On this site, your child will learn that observation is a step in the scientific method and that observations can be accidental or planned.
|How Do You Make Observations?||(no rating)|
This site discusses observation. Your child will learn that observations are made by using your five senses and that tools can enhance these observations.
|Recording Observations||(no rating)|
On this site, your child will learn that an important part of observing is writing down the observations in a science notebook.
|All About Making Observations||(no rating)|
This article will give you ideas and activities to help teach your child more about observing objects.
|Touchy Feely Bags|
In this activity, your child will try to guess what objects you've put into a bag. He or she will use only the sense of touch to make these observations.
|Pond Observations||(no rating)|
You and your child will go to a pond to observe and write down your observations. Remind your child to use these four senses: sight, touch, smell, and hearing.
|Color Mix-up||(no rating)|
In this experiment, your child will observe clear and colored water and make observations.
|Using Your Senses||(no rating)|
This worksheet will help your child review the senses used in observations.
|Look Closely||(no rating)|
Your child will examine the different butterflies on this worksheet and indicate which one is magnified.
|Which One is the Same?||(no rating)|
On this worksheet, two snowflakes are exactly alike. Have your child use his or her powers of observation to determine which two are the same.
|Observing Seeds||(no rating)|
This video describes how corn seeds were grown and includes photos of the children's written observations.
List of any helpful books, games, toys, kits, lapbooks, curriculum, etc., that may be purchased to enhance the learning experience: