"My Science Notebook"
2. Table of Contents
Scientists answer questions about the world around us by carrying out careful investigations.
Lesson 1.1~ What do scientists do?
scientist: scientists ask questions about the natural world
observations: information collected using the 5 senses
hypothesis: an idea or explanation that can be tested with an investigation
science: the study of the natural world
investigation: process scientists use to answer questions
Today we will discover that scientists ask questions, make observations, and conduct investigations in order to produce evidence.
Goal: Today we will learn that scientists perform multiple types of investigations.
Goal: Today we will apply what we have learned about making observations while doing a quick lab on the reaction between light and our eyes.
Goal: Today we will expand our learning by either finishing the virtual lesson or by discovering our own wonders.
What Skills Do Scientists Use?
Goal: Today we will complete the digital lesson as a class. You will need your journals as we take notes on all the important vocabulary and concepts. Copy the outline to the right to begin note taking.
Observe How Eyes React to Light
Your teacher will dim the lights in the room. Wait 2 minutes until your eyes adjust to the new light level in the room. Then observe your partner's eyes. Look carefully at the pupils. Continue to observe your partner's eyes as your teacher turns on the lights again. How did your partner's pupils change after the lights became brighter? Why do you think this happened. Draw an eye in your journal, label the pupil, and describe what you observed today.
Lesson 1.3 ~
How do scientists collect data?
data: the pieces of information you observe
microscope: tool for looking at objects that can't be seen with your eye
pan balance: tool used to measure mass in gram units
spring scale: tool used to measure force in units called newtrons
~ Models & Lab Tools
model: represents something that is too big/too many parts to investigate directly
two-dimensional model: model that has length and width
three-dimensional model: model that has length, width, and height
computer model: a computer program that models an event or object
- Discuss examples of different models
- Think Central Digital Lesson
- Vocabulary Foldable
- Discuss "Models and Science" (P. 46-47) and "Other Models Scientists Use" (P. 48-49)
- Fill out fusion book as you read
- Discuss "Weather Models Save Lives" (P. 50-51)
- Try this weather maker / What did you learn about making storms?
- Find a live radar map of our area / What kind of information does it give us?
- Brain Check P. 53