Teaching students how to make quality observations can be difficult. To help my students with that problem I created this guide for my students to use when they need to make observations. When students have some ideas about what to observe they make better observations and more observations.
This guide is not meant to be used as a check list. Many of the observation ideas won’t apply to every lab, but it just helps get the student’s minds thinking about all of the possible aspects of something that can be observed.
This digital download includes two color versions of the same chart. The information on each is the same. Both charts print off beautifully in black and white if you don’t have access to a color printer. In my room I have a class set of these laminated that I set out with their lab materials when I’m asking them to make observations during a lab. Better observations gives students more to discuss and write about as they are working on their lab and really help to bring the class discussion alive at the end of the lab.
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