Background Info: You may have asked yourself the question, "Is science relevant to 'real life'?" My answer to you is, "YES!" Without the ability to perform even the most simple science concepts you could miss out on much of "real life." This lesson will concentrate on 9 science concepts. They are: observation, recording & organizing, meaurement, prediction, hypothesizing, inference, estimation, classification, and analyzing. You will need to define each term and come up with your own "real life" use for the concept.
1. Computer with internet access
2. Activity sheet
Procedure: Follow the instructions below to complete the assignment. BE SURE TO READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE GOING TO ANY LINK. Record your data on the activity sheet.
PART A: OBSERVE
1. Ask yourself this question: What does it mean to observe? Record your answer on your activity sheet. Think about this: can blind or deaf people make observations? Do you need to revise your definition? If so, record your new definition. Watch the movie clip. Click on movie gallery. Click on VaderQT.
2. How many shots were fired? Record your answer on your activity sheet.
3. Did the white Storm Troopers appear before or after the shots were fired? Record your answer on your activity sheet.
4. When might you need to use your observational skills in "real life?" Describe a situation on your activity sheet.
PART B: RECORD &ORGANIZE
PART C: MEASURE
1. Borrow a meter stick from your teacher. Measure the length and width of the classroom to determine its area. Record your data on your answer sheet.
2. Consider a time in "real life" that your would need to accurately determine the area of something. Record the situation and how you would find the measurements on your answer sheet.
PART D: PREDICT
PART E: HYPOTHESIZE
1. What does it mean to make a hypothesis? That's right! It's an educated guess.
2. Go to the roller coaster link and design your own roller coaster according to their instructions. You will need to hypothesize about your success with each decision you make. Did you successfully create a safe roller coaster? If not, repeat the process until you receive a "thumbs up" for safety.
PART F: INFER
1. When you infer something you are sort of combining observing and hypothesizing. You make an assumption based on prior observations. In other words, you think you know what is happening because of something you have seen, heard, felt, smelled, or tasted in the past.
2. What can you infer about the picture to the right? Why? Be specific. Record your inference and reason on your answer sheet.
PART G: ESTIMATE
1. What does it mean to estimate? Record your definition on your answer sheet.
2. You will make estimations for how much certain groceries cost now on your answer sheet. Tonight for homework you will need to verify the price of the given items and record them on your answer sheet.
3. Go to the estimation site. You will need to find out how much wall paper it would take to re-paper your classroom. Record the amount on your answer sheet.
PART H: CLASSIFY
1. What does it mean to classify? Record your definition on your answer sheet.
2. You will classify our nine planets using the following links: nine planets and solar system info. (When visiting solar system info. click on intermediate button, visit OUR SOLAR SYSTEM and PLANETARY SYSTEMS, and use REFERENCE DATA after choosing planet.) Remember as you reference your materials to keep in mind how YOU would classify the planets in a new way using a feature that you decide on.
You should record information on:
1. Its orbit in relation to the Earth - Inside or Outside
2. Make-up of its surface - Rocky (Terrestrial) or Gas (Jovian)
3. Its size or diameter in relation to Earth- Larger or Smaller
4. Its ability to be seen with our eyes - Classical or Modern
3. Begin with recording the order of the planets from the sun. Record all other classification information on your answer sheet.
PART I: ANALYZE
1. What does it mean to form an analysis of something? Analysis is one of the most difficult tasks to master. You need to examine information in detail and draw conclusions based on those careful examinations.
2. Return to the weather link. Use your answer sheet to guide you through an analysis of the data to answer the questions.
Created August 21, 1999
Last Revised May 19, 2001
Suggested Grade Level: 6 - 9
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