Reflection: Checks for Understanding Scientists Answer Questions by Observing - Section 4: Reflecting on What We Have Seen


It is important to assess student understanding of basic scientific skills. I want to help students extend their observational skills in this lesson. I am hoping that by observing and then listening to others, they can then observe again and notice even more than they did the first time. This would show that students are learning about other ways they can observe.

The student journals helped me to see how students added to their observations during this lesson. The two color pencils helped to clarify the changes. I also asked students to show me with fingers how many observations they made during the first round, and how many in the second. Every student was able to go back to their tree and add to their observations. One student even added 8 new observations. Most students added 2 or 3. 

Informal assessment is important for knowing whether to repeat a similar lesson or move forward to introduce a new scientific skill.

  Assessing Student Observations
  Checks for Understanding: Assessing Student Observations
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Scientists Answer Questions by Observing

Unit 1: What Do Scientists Do?
Lesson 7 of 14

Objective: SWBAT extend their abilities to observe by attending to attributes of objects

Big Idea: When students look at a car they see a car, but they could notice the color of the car, the size of the wheels, the dents or scratches if they are taught how to notice.

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Science, Science Skills, Scientific Method (Science Skills), Graphing, pattern, observation, attributes
  95 minutes
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