How do scientists know so much?
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DISCUSS:

What do these two stories have in common? (What did both scientists do that was similar?)

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Optional Extra: Curiosity Wheel

Below is an idea for extending this activity throughout the school year by using our Curiosity Wheel .

Teaching virtually this semester? Check out our distance learning-friendly version!

 

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Curiosity Spinner: Part 1

Click the wheel to select an object. Then go to the next slide.

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Discover New Things: Part 2

Choose a way of looking at the object! This is what scientists do!

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Activity Prep

In this mini-lesson, students deepen their understanding of two foundational scientific practices: making observations and asking questions. In the activity, Curiosity Challenge, students “train their brains” by observing an everyday object and asking questions like a scientist would.

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Number of students:
2-5 Wonder Journal printout 1 per student
K-1 Curiosity Question printout 1 per student
K-1 Wonder Journal printout 1 per student
Prep Instructions

We suggest students work in pairs. Homeschool students can work on their own.

This activity can be repeated throughout the year with any object to help focus student observations, spark curiosity, and invite questions for deeper understanding!

Interested in extending this lesson? Check out our "Curiosity Wheel" in the Extensions to extend this activity throughout the school year!

Extensions
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