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What does a scientist do?

# What does a scientist do?

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DISCUSS:

What do scientists DO?

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You’ll work with a partner.
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Watch this video. Look closely to observe the termites. Discuss.
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We want to experiment. Discuss.
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Let’s test what happens when we change the shape of the line. This
will be our Shape Experiment.
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Let’s observe what the termites do in our Shape Experiment. Watch
closely to follow the path of the termite with a circle, a square, and a
triangle.
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Find the Shape Experiment in your Termite Tracker. Use your pencil
to draw the path that the termite took. Draw a path for the circle,
the square, and the triangle.
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Here are the results of our Shape Experiment.
Discuss.
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Here’s what we think.
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Let’s test what happens when we change what we use to draw the
line. This will be our Writing Tool Experiment.
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Time for our Writing Tool Experiment. We drew the same shape
using a pen, a marker, and a crayon. Watch carefully to see what each
termite does.
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Find the Writing Tool Experiment on your Termite Tracker. Draw the
path that each termite took. Draw a path for the pen, the marker,
and the crayon.
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Discuss.
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Here’s what we thought.
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Talk with your partner and discuss.
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School Year Challenge: Every time you’re curious about something
and ask questions, think about what experiments you could try!
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You've completed the activity!

If you have time, you can extend this activity to include the Color Experiment. Check out the Extensions for additional activity steps.

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You’ll work with a partner.
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Turn your Termite Tracker facedown. Line up the corners and fold it
in half. Use your fingernail to make a crease. Fold it in half again along
the thin black line.
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Watch this video. Look closely to observe the termites. Discuss.
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We want to experiment. Discuss.
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Let’s test what happens when we change the shape of the line. This
will be our Shape Experiment.
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Let’s observe what the termites do in our Shape Experiment. Watch
closely to follow the path of the termite with a circle, a square, and a
triangle.
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Find the Shape Experiment in your Termite Tracker. Use your pencil
to draw the path that the termite took. Draw a path for the circle,
the square, and the triangle.
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Here are the results of our Shape Experiment.
Discuss.
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Here’s what we think.
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Let’s test what happens when we change the color of the line. Find
the Color Experiment in your Termite Tracker. Color the first pen
black, the second pen blue, and the third pen red.
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Let’s observe what the termites do in our Color Experiment. Draw
the path that each termite took. Draw a path for the black circle, the
blue circle, and the red circle.
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Discuss.
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Here's what we think.
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Let’s test what happens when we change what we use to draw the
line. This will be our Writing Tool Experiment.
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Find the Writing Tool Experiment in your Termite Tracker. Draw the
path that each termite took. Draw a path for the pen, the marker,
and the crayon.
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Discuss.
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Here’s what we thought.
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Talk with your partner and discuss.
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School Year Challenge: Every time you’re curious about something
and ask questions, think about what experiments you could try!
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# Optional Extra: K-2 Color Experiment

If you want, you can extend the activity to include the Color Experiment for K-2. We have provided an additional printout so students can record their results.

Go to the next slide to start the Color Experiment!

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Let’s test what happens when we change the color of the line. Get a
Color Experiment worksheet. Color the first pen black, the second
pen blue, and the third pen red.
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Let’s observe what the termites do in our Color Experiment. Draw
the path that each termite took. Draw a path for the black circle, the
blue circle, and the red circle.
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Discuss.
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Here’s what we think.
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# Activity Prep

Print Prep

In the mini-lesson, students explore some things they do every day that scientists ALSO do: observe, ask questions, do experiments, and share their questions and learning. In the activity, Termite Tester, students virtually observe termite behavior and then do a series of virtual experiments to figure out the answers to their questions.

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