Lab #1 of my Lab Series.
In this lab students practice using their 5 senses (except for taste) to make a series of observations of a brown paper bag (the mystery bag). The goal is for students to use their observations to make an inference as to what is inside of the mystery bag and then relate their experience to the work scientists do. I have used this activity with great success to start off the school year. This lab is applicable to any type of science course, not just Earth Science.
This lab includes a page of teacher information including the materials needed, the pre-lab set-up, and possible timing of lab components.
NYC Earth Science