This worksheet is designed to help students differentiate between qualitative and quantitative observations. There is a place to record the qualitative observations that students make using the five senses as well as a place to record the quantitative observations using more formal data. Students are also asked to record what tool was used to gather the quantitative data. This is a great activity for students first learning about scientific inquiry and practicing how to make observations and gather data. You can use this with a variety of measurement tools such as a thermometer, measuring cups, pan balance, graduated cylinder, spring scale, metric ruler, etc. which makes it fun and hands-on learning!
This can also help tie your Science lesson into your Common Core Mathematics standards as students are working with units of measurement.
This is a great back to school science lesson to do with students!
I welcome feedback and let me know if you need me to make any changes to the document!
Quantitative and Qualitative Observation Worksheet
by Amy Bartholomew
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