Introduction and Using Our Senses

Today your child began an exciting science program in their classroom offered by Science from Scientists. SfS is a Boston-based, non-profit organization that strives to improve science and technology attitudes and aptitudes. We send real scientists into the classroom during school every other week to teach exciting, fun, and curriculum-relevant science lessons. We will be visiting your child’s classroom every other week throughout the school year. We will bring engaging, informative, and stimulating hands-on lessons with us to supplement the school’s science curriculum.

Mr. Hart will be the scientific instructor for the students this academic year. Mr. Hart received his degree in Biochemistry and studied multiple neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease. He is very excited to get the students exploring science in a hands-on atmosphere. 

For our first lesson, we learned how to make good observations. Making observations is one of the first things that scientists do when conducting experiments. In order to make observations that are thorough, accurate, and specific, we need to acquire as much information as we can, using all the senses we can safely employ. Observations can come before writing a hypothesis and creating an experiment, which means it is part of the first step in the scientific method. Students learned what subjective (opinion) and objective (fact) statements are and that in science we always want to make observations that are fact based. Two types of objective observations (qualitative and quantitative) deal with defining the qualities of an object and putting a quantity to one of the object’s properties (ex. this object has 6 sides).

For the activity, students were given bags with mystery objects to observe. The students were allowed to use all senses except for sight. The goal was to practice making good observations and descriptions.

Please check the Classroom Post on our website regularly to read about the science activities that your child is participating in and to view photos from your child’s classroom.

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How to view your child’s Classroom Post:
1. Visit our website at: https://www.sciencefromscientists.org/for-families
2. Click on the link for See inside the classroom.
3. Select your school/grade from the list.
4. Enter the password: SFS2016
. Submit the form then save a bookmark to skip these steps next time!

 

 

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