Reflection: Lesson Planning Scientists Ask Questions - Section 2: What Is A Question


This is a long lesson. It is easy to move kids quickly through the lesson, but it is important to remember the goal. It is early in the year. I want students to understand what a question is and that scientists answer questions. If I rush them through the asking a question, trying something and then move on, I haven't given them a chance to internalize the idea that scientists ask questions.

I may have preconceived notions about what I want kids to do and the kinds of questions I would like, but I need to back off and let them ask the types of questions they think of. 

In this lesson I had planned to just go with their first question, but I had to add a step here. Most of the kids asked "what is it made out of questions?" These are valid questions, but not ones we would be able to answer easily in the classroom. I had to help students revise the questions to something that we could do in the classroom. I demonstrated rolling the ball and car and tried to get the students to formulate questions around that.

The second round of questions was better than the first. I had to be able to adapt my lesson plan to meet the needs and feedback of my students.

  Don't Rush
  Lesson Planning: Don't Rush
Loading resource...

Scientists Ask Questions

Unit 1: What Do Scientists Do?
Lesson 6 of 14

Objective: SWBAT recognize that scientists ask questions to find things out

Big Idea: Scientific inquiry is based on questions. Students find out that scientists ask questions and then find a way to work to answer their own questions.

  Print Lesson
5 teachers like this lesson
Science, Science Skills, Scientific Method (Science Skills), reasoning, questioning, experiment
  78 minutes
Similar Lessons
Tools not Toys!!!
2nd Grade Science » Inquiry in Science
Big Idea: Not all toys are toys. Sometimes, they can be tools. Learn the difference between them.
East Wenatchee, WA
Environment: Suburban
Veronique Paquette
What's the Matter?
3rd Grade Science » Matter
Big Idea: Students are able to name the states of matter, but in this lesson, they will gather information on the properties of the states in order to identify them.
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
Michelle Marcus
My Super Fantanbulous Terrific Science Notebook
4th Grade Science » Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
Big Idea: When students complete this lesson, they will have an interactive notebook specifically designed to support their personal learning.
Genoa City, WI
Environment: Rural
Mary Ellen Kanthack
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload