Are you teaching your students how to be like real-world scientists? Are they developing their writing, observation skills, and questioning? If so, this lesson is for you!
This lesson uses Andrea Betty's delightful book to teach students about traits of scientists, with a focus on what scientists do the most -- ask questions! You will use the inquisitive Ada Twist as your model of a scientist who uses her five senses to make observations and form questions based on what she takes in. My typed-out lesson provides an easy script to follow so that you can guide students to their own discoveries about scientists and questioning. It includes key vocabulary to preview and hash out with students needing support, as well as language objectives for your ESL students.
In this activity, students will come up with their own questions based off of what they observe with their five senses (see - pencil, smell - flower) . Then they will take this brainstorm to form questions (How do factories make pencils? Why do flowers have different smells?). These questions are sure to lead your budding scientists to some exciting investigations and discoveries throughout the year!
Depending on your age/ability of students, you can provide more/less choice and restrictions on how many observations they record and how many questions they write.
This purchase includes:
1) Complete lesson plan, with CCSS and language objectives
2) Brainstorming sheet for students to brainstorm what they observe with their 5 senses
3) Writing sheet for students to write questions inspired by their observations.