Science Activities to teach and Assess the Process Skills of Inquiry offers your students 15 challenging tasks to demonstrate what they are able to do as a result of their science experiences. These hands on activities use inexpensive materials and are flexible enough to use with individuals, small groups, or an entire class.
Science Process Skills of Inquiry includes
1. Teacher instructions for testing the major process skills of scientific inquiry
2. Separate tests for each inquiry skill
3. Material lists
4. Student recording sheets
5. Scoring rubrics for each lesson
Use the activities to teach the process skills of inquiry or to assess your students progress throughout the year, after a specific unit of instruction, or as a year-end evaluation. Each activity can also be used as a starting point for writing. Students write in more detail when they have done something first.
1. Observing- observes and describes a feather in detail
2. Communication- explain the ingredients in products from their labels
3. Estimating- estimate the number of raisins in a box- random
4. Measuring- estimating and measuring parts of the body, ordering
5. Collecting data- tally and graphing random pulls of colors
6. Classifying- classify screws and bolts
7. Inferring- observes and infer from an advertisement
8. Predicting- predict outcomes from flipping coins
9. Making Models- make a model of a mouth and compare to the real
10. Interpreting Data- analyze weather temperatures
11. Making Graphs- measure and graph data for reaction times
12. Hypothesizing- makes and analyzes a hypothesis about density of
13. Controlling variables- control variables in an investigation of
14. Defining Operationally- make an operational definition of a
15. Investigating- create an experiment to investigate which ball has
the highest bounce.