Unit 1 Nature of Science

TeacherBrittnee Zeak
Subject AreaScience
Grade Level5
Week #1-3
Unit of InstructionScientist at Work
Standard(s) Taught

SC.5.N.1.1 – Define a problem, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigations of various types such as: systematic observations, experiments requiring the identifications of variables, collecting and organizing data, interpreting data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.

SC.5.N.2.2/SC.5.N.1.3 – apply explanations to real world connections (application). Recognize and explain that when scientific investigations are carried out, the evidence produced by those investigations should be replicate by others.Recognize and explain the need for repeated experimental trials.

 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Week 1

Students will:

  1.  set up a science notebook that will be used all year by students. 
  2. explain that science is grounded on evidence-based observations that are testable.
  3. explain the difference between verified observation (fact) and personal opinion/ interpretation (bias)
  4. Use scientific tools during investigation
  5. Explain the need for repeated trials

Week 2

Students will:

  1. Formulate a testable hypothesis 
  2. Organize data in appropriate forms 
  3. Interpret and analyze data that has been collected
  4. Generate appropriate explanations of results

Week 3

Students will:

  • Explain the difference between verified observation and opinion
  • distinguish between examples of empirical evidence and personal opinion/observation
  • Review learning targets from week 2 during experimentation
  • Apply explanations to real world connections
Classroom Activities

Week 1

  1. Notebook Procedure and Rules
  2. Lima Bean Lab 
  3. My Scientist

Week 2

  1. Vocabulary – opinion, evidence, science, investigation
  2. Scientific Method Steps
  3. Communication Lab
  4. Vocabulary Quiz

Week 3

  1. Vocabulary – Scientific Method, Experiment, Variable, Control
  2. Volume Lab
  3. Estimating and Predicting Lab
  4. Vocabulary Quiz
  5. Types of Observation Notes
Assignments Due

Week 1

  1. My Scientist 

Week 2

  1. Scientific Method Steps 
  2. Communication Lab 
  3. Vocabulary Quiz 

Week 3

  1. Vocabulary Quiz 
  2. Volume Lab 
  3. Estimating and Predicting Lab 
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