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Lesson Cycle

Lesson Title/Topic:

Concept: How to collect and record data in a scientific journal in 1st grade.

Standards/Rationale: TEKS 112.12(b) 4(A)
Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses age-appropriate tools and models to
investigate the natural world. The student is expected to:
collect, record, and compare information using tools, including computers, hand lenses, primary
balances, cups, bowls, magnets, collecting nets, notebooks, and safety goggles; timing devices,
including clocks and timers; non-standard measuring items such as paper clips and clothespins;
weather instruments such as classroom demonstration thermometers and wind socks; and
materials to support observations of habitats of organisms such as aquariums and terrariums

Learning Target: After performing an Assessment: The completed science
experiment, TSW be able to accurately journal.
collect and display collected data in a
science journal with 75% accuracy.

Materials: Composition journals, printables, markers, Scientist drawing, dry erase
markers, glue sticks, stopwatches, clear plastic cups, sprite, water, lemons, SweeTarts,
Large magnet, key, penny, pipe cleaner, crayon, paperclip, and clothespin.

Lesson Cycle: (Direct instruction)

The teacher will: The student will:
Focus/Mental Set: ● Participate in the discussion by sharing
● Ask students, how many of you have ever their own experiences with experiments.
seen or done an experiment? ● Answer who performs experiments
● What do we usually call people who do ● Participate in the discussion by providing
experiments? examples of what scientist are and do.
● Use a poster with an image of a scientist. ● Help to list what tools a scientist might use.
● Ask, “What is a scientist?” ● Help to fill in word map by suggesting uses
○ Teacher will fill in responses for journals
● “Awesome! Now that we’ve discussed
what a scientist is, what kind of tools do
you think a scientist might use to do his
job?”
● Guide discussion to eventually ask about
journals if it is not mentioned.
● Ask, what do we do with journals?
● With a word map, fill in students
responses.
● Ask, which uses would be best for a
scientist?
● State, today class we are going to become
scientist and make our own science
journals and learn what a prediction is.
How to make observations and record data
and how we draw conclusions.

Teacher Input: Prediction:
What is a prediction? It is a statement ● Verbally predict the weather condition at
about something that will happen in the recess by discussing the attributes of the
future. Students already know how to weather as they were walking into school
make predictions. I will let them know by today.
asking a series of questions: ● Go to the window and describe the current
● Ask students to tell me what the weather weather and predict if it will stay the same
will be like at recess? ● Verbally predict the air will blow the
○ Ask what clues can we use to tell this? feathers when the fan turns on.
● Ask what will happen if you turn on a fan ● Verbally predict the color will be orange.
in front of a pile of feathers? ● Verbally explain mixing two colors makes
● Ask when you mix yellow and red what a new color.
color is made? Observation:
○ Ask how do you know? ● Think about a dog. They will verbally give
What is an observation? attributes of a dog.
● To make an observation, you will patiently Scientific Journal Discussion
look at something and describe what you ● Observe the sections of the pre-made
see. journal being displayed.
● Say, if you are doing an experiment like we
are today, then you will need to look
closely to determine what happens.
● Tell students, observations are recognized
and written down.
● Ask students to think about a dog.
○ What do you notice about the dog?
● Tell them those are all observations of a
dog after discussing the attributes.
How do we record data accurately in the
scientific journal?
Show pre-made science journal with the
sections below.
When writing in our journals we follow
these steps:
● Ask a question
● Make a prediction
● Do an experiment
● Make observations
● Tell what you learned

Guided Practice: ● Use glue sticks and follow the teacher's
● Handout printables and a notebook to each instructions for assembling their individual
student. journals.
● Use a quick magnet experiment. ● Make predictions as a large group about
● Walk through the process with the class on each object being used in the experiment.
how to fill out each section. ● Share why they made that prediction.
● Ask students for their observations and ● Fill in the journal in the designated section.
predictions. ● Record the results of the experiment.
● Complete the experiment and ask the
students about their results.
Independent Practice: ● Read the instructions for the experiment
● Before the lesson, put the supplies and working with a partner will:
(SweeTarts, stopwatches, water, sprite, and○ Make predictions
lemon water) for the experiment ○ Perform experiment with timers.
“Disappearing Candy” on the back counter○ Record observations
for students to pick up. ○ Record results
○ Draw conclusions
Closure: Mix Pair Share ● Pair with new partner
● Let the students know they will pair with a● Think about the answer
new partner ● Turn to their partner
● Ask the students to “Pair” ● Share their answers and discuss
● Ask: ● Turn in their journals
○ What is an observation and how can they
help us?
○ Why is it important to record data
accurately?

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