Observation: It Takes More Than Your Eyes!

Making observations is one of the first things that scientists do when conducting experiments and is an essential step in the scientific method. 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. Students learned what subjective (opinion) and objective (fact) statements are and that in science we always want to make observations that are fact based.

For the activity, students were given bags with mystery objects to “observe” using all of their senses except for sight and taste. The goal was to practice making thorough observations and record enough detail that somebody who hadn’t observed the object could guess its identity based on student descriptions alone. The kids did a great job!

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