Science Shorts: On Observationby: Theo Small

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Observation is a foundational process skill that is part of any curriculum. Each of the other science process skills requires that students first make a set of observations. This articles offers information on building key concepts for students with special needs and a corresponding activity which addresses skills essential to science--observation and the use of scientific tools.

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  • on Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:56 PM

As a middle level teacher, I sometimes have to remind myself to not assume students' levels of knowledge. This is a good activity that can be modified for different grade levels on observation skills. I would adjust the objects to match the unit I will be beginning the school year with. I have done similar activities with my students in the past and by making it tie into the upcoming unit of study, it provides a glimpse of what we will be learning about. As an upper elementary or middle school activity, it also provides a good formative assessment as to students' abilities to use what the author refers to as "science tools".

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

  • on Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:26 AM

This article is written with SPED and ESL students in mind. It discusses that your need to teach a student how to observe before they can actually do it and understand what they are doing. It also emphasizes science tools that students need to understand. A basic activity is given as an example.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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