We have been learning about our Five Senses and how we use our Five Senses to learn about the world. We are also learning about Science Skills and Science Tools. One very important things that scientists do is use their sense of sight to OBSERVE things. We also learned that a Hand Lens or magnifying glass can help us observe things we are learning about. So, we each got a hand lens to use and observe things in the classroom.
After a little exploring, I let the children know that scientists also RECORD their observations. So, we got out our spiral notebooks, wrote the date at the top, and practiced recording our observations. If what we were observing was small enough, we took it to our tables to record it in our notebooks.
If it was too big to take to our tables, we took our notebook to the observation and did our recording there.
We also made sure to use color, so our observations were ACCURATE and we practiced LABELING what we recorded.
I just love it when there is a busy hum in the room and the children are totally engaged in what they are doing. While they just thought it was a fun activity, I knew we were laying the foundation for our science work this year. I made sure to use the words, Scientist, Observe, Record, and Accurate and also made sure they knew what the words meant!