Curriculum & Planning, Education, Middle School, Science

Scientific Inquiry Skills

The first unit my students in both 5th and 6th grades are learning is the scientific method — specifically, how do we use scientific inquiry to solve problems?  To start the year off, I wanted to expose my students to some “scientific inquiry skills” that they are probably already pretty familiar with — and to identify those as tools scientists use.   Instead of reading about these skills in books, though, I created a series of mostly hands-on stations that asked students to use those very skills!

Station One: Observation

1Station Two: Classify/Order

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2Station Three: Compare

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Station Four: Predict

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Students worked from this worksheet, Growing Seeds Prediction Worksheet, for this station.  I also set up a Solution Station at our Knowledge Bank where students could check their predictions!

Station Five: Measure

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Students had a chance to try out these scientific tools at Station Five.

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Station Six: Interpret Data

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Students visited BBC’s Schools site to complete this math activity: Interpreting Data.

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Station Seven: Infer

Students completed a few inference worksheets for this station.  This one wasn’t so exciting…

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 Observation or Inference?

If you’d like to use any or all of this activity, you can get the packet here (Word and PDF files):

Inquiry Station Rotation Packet  Inquiry Station Rotation Packet

 

 

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