Reflection: Student Self-Assessment What is a Scientist? (4 Day Discovery) - Section 7: Evaluate


I have students conduct this same assessment at the end of the year, to see who their thinking has changed more after a year of science instruction. Then, I pass out the cards for students to compare their reflections from the beginning of the year to the end. It is really interesting to see how the drawings tend to move from the traditional "mad scientist", to another science professional, but then to a self portrait by the end of the year. Students finally figure out that they are actually scientists, and it's a terrific realization!

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What is a Scientist? (4 Day Discovery)

Unit 1: What Do Scientists Do?
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Objective: SWBAT identify stereotypes in his/her perception of scientists, conduct research and compose an oral presentation about careers in science and how one becomes a scientist.

Big Idea: Kids usually picture scientist as a crazy-haired man wearing a lab coat and mixing test tubes of chemicals until they explode. This 3-4 day lesson will expose students to real world scientists and create interest in working in the field.

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