I always struggle with teaching observation and inference to my students. I've tried incorporating it into other topics or lecturing on it, and it just doesn't seem to help. I developed these activities to help my students differentiate between observations and inferences. I do this as a first-week activity in my high school forensic science classes, but this would also be great for middle school science classes. Also, all of these activities have been sized to fit in a composition book- so they are ready to use for your interactive notebooks!
There are TWO different options included with this activity.
Option A is a simple observation skills activity, observation/inference matchbook foldable and half-page worksheet asking students to develop inferences from observations and classify something as an observation or inference. This option takes somewhere between 20 and 45 minutes, and the only prep other than making copies is to develop notes for the foldable.
Option B is a more involved lesson that includes a booklet foldable, powerpoint to accompany the foldable, and a set of stations activities with a notebook-sized worksheet. This option also addresses the differences between qualitative and quantitative observations. Some of the activities in the stations include a "find the difference" game, making observations more scientific using pictures, and card sorts for qualitative and quantitative observations. The full lesson including the stations is about 80 minutes, and requires about an hour of prep beforehand.
With this product, you receive 3 pages of teacher instructions, 2 foldables, 2 worksheets, a PowerPoint presentation, and a full set of 8 stations with instructions on how to assemble each station.
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