Observation Challenge


Observation Challenge (3rd-5th)

This lesson challenges students’ observational skills. Students will learn how to distinguish between observations (quantitative vs. qualitative), inferences, and opinions. They will test these skills with a mystery object challenge: students will need to observe objects, describe them, and see if their observations allow their peers to correctly guess their object. Recommended for groups of three or more students.


Lesson Overview

Students will:

  • Make observations about a picture and define the differences between observations (quantitative vs. qualitative), inferences, & opinions 
  • Describe an object using different types of observations in order to provide hints about their mystery object to the class
  • Discuss what makes for a good observation
  • Form opinions, observations, and inferences 

Lesson Objectives 

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between opinions, observations, and inferences
  • Describe an object with qualitative and quantitative observations

This lesson is aligned with these Next Generation Science (NGS) Standards.

Standards Covered

Science & Engineering Practice (SEP) 

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

  • (3rd-5th) Make observations and/or measurements to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence for an explanation of a phenomenon or test a design solution

Crosscutting Concept (CCC)

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

  • (3rd-5th) Standard units are used to measure and describe physical quantities such as weight, time, temperature, and volume
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