Science 5: Observations in Nature
The real first step in the scientific method is to open your eyes...but we figured we could skip forward to actually observing things. You're a smart bunch, you'll figure it out.
|Elementary and Middle School||5th Grade|
Anyway, being a good observer isn't just an [Dino pointing at a blackboard]
essential part of a good game of I-Spy, it's actually an important part of being a scientist too.
Scientists have to learn to be good observers.
And not just to make sure things don't explode in their labs, though that is a plus. [Boy holding a flask that explodes]
The very first step in the scientific method is to make observations. [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
Also known as research, this step is all about looking around your area of focus and trying
This means looking for problems that need solving, questions that need answering, or
simply finding something that makes you feel extra-curious. [Problem, Question and Curiosity all appear over a boy's head]
Observations in nature are especially important. Why? Because nature can be pretty complicated.
Especially when it's asking you tricky multiplication questions…those oak trees always stump us. [Oak tree asking a boy to do multiplication]
Alright, let's take a look at this scene. Anyone can look at it and think, “So what?
It's just some dirt and leaves, big whoop.” [Girl looks unimpressed]
But a scientist with strong observational skills might look at it and think..
What animal left those tracks?
Why are there multiple kinds of soil in the same area?
What caused that tiny hole? Was it an insect? [Arrows pointing to different questions about the picture]
And that's just a few questions that someone could ask!
Now imagine if you were a scientist and you walked into this scene…
You would have more questions than you'd know what to do with. And in this case, that's [Scientist walks into a forest]
a good thing! But you don't need to go to the rainforest
to come up with a whole load of thought-provoking scientific observations. Even observations
in your school garden can reveal some amazing things – whether you're staring down at
the tiniest little insect or examining the complex and beautiful patterns on a freshly-fallen leaf. [Magnifying glass on a lady bird]
A keen observer is someone who is able to be curious about the world around them – no [Boy looking down a microscope]
matter where they look.
Though we'll be perfectly honest - you'll likely have a more interesting time examining
the insects in your garden than you would with the lint found in your belly button. [Belly button lint under the microscope]