This is a bundled lesson/activity that covers the definitions of observation and inference and the differences between the two. It's designed to be used with Interactive Science Notebooks, but can also be used as a stand-alone activity.
What you'll get:
~a 5-slide Powerpoint presentation that walks students through the notes.
~two pages of notes that match the Powerpoint. It's interactive - students are asked to come up with their own observations and inferences.
~a one page Reflection activity for students to complete while they observe a fun teacher demo of a discrepant event.
~teacher tips page describing how to use the activity and how to perform the demonstration.
The fun demonstration uses a discrepant event to really help students understand that inferences are not always correct! Materials needed are easily obtainable and include a candleholder, candle, slivered almonds, matches and a cheese stick!
This activity will keep students engaged throughout the lesson while they learn the differences between these two important scientific process skills.
Biology Pre-test by Debra Thivierge is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License