# Scientific Inquiry

```Scientific Inquiry
Designed by Lee Ann Helsing
August 2011
Goals:
 The
main goal of this lesson is to teach
students to use their five senses to
complete a scientific investigation.
 Students will learn the steps to use in a
scientific investigation.
 At the end of this lesson students will have
an opportunity to choose an experiment
to practice these skills.
Standards:
Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic:
1.1
The student will conduct investigations in which
a)differences in physical properties are observed using the
senses; b)simple tools are used to enhance observations;
c)objects or events are classified and arranged according to
attributes or properties; d)observations and data are
communicated orally and with simple graphs, pictures, written
statements, and numbers; e)length, mass, and volume are
measured using standard and nonstandard units; f)predictions
are based on patterns of observation rather than random
guesses; g)simple experiments are conducted to answer
questions; and h)inferences are made and conclusions are
drawn about familiar objects and events.

Take a minute to think about
this question:
 What
would it be like to be a real
scientist?
 Do you have 5 senses?
 Can you use your 5 senses?
YES!
You are a scientist!
You can use your sense of taste, touch,
smell, sight, and hearing to make careful
observations during a scientific
investigation!
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Do you think scientists use
tools?
YES
No
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 Scientists
actually use many tools to
conduct an investigation. Please click the
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Correct! Scientists use many
tools to conduct investigations!
These are just a few examples.
Can you think of others?
Let’s break this process down.
experiment? Write your question down in
 Predict
what you think will happen in the
experiment. Write it down.
 Plan your experiment. What tools will you
need? What are the steps? What
questions do you want to answer. How
will you present the information?
 Use
your five senses to make careful
observations. Record these observations
in a science lab notebook.
 Record
on this information and think about how it
compares to your predictions. Have you
way to present what you have learned
after completing this assignment.
 Think
have you learned?
 How
are you going to share what you
have learned with others?
Let’s Practice Being a Scientist!
 Go
to the following site to choose an
experiment to complete with your small
group. You must have your lab approved
by your teacher before you begin.
 http://www.kids-science-
experiments.com/
Bibliography
This presentation was designed by Lee Ann Helsing.
Videos:
“How to Conduct an Experiment Using the Scientific
Method.” Howcast.com. August 16, 2010. Online
video clip. Howcast. 7 August 2011.