• FINAL SCIENCE LESSON: Week of 5/26 Lesson - Making Observations and Asking Questions

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 5/26/2020

    This will be our FINAL science lesson for this year!  This week's lesson was inpired from my daily walks.  Two essentail science skills, making observations and asking questions often time lead a scienctist to further investigations.  This week I encourage you to go outside and explore the nature around you.  Here are three different pictures from various walks that gave me pause.  While making my observations of what I was seeing, it prompted questions that could lead to further investigations.  This week you are going to do the same thing!  Here is what you are going to do:

    1. Find three different things in nature to observe.  Take a picture of 3 different things.  

    2. FOR EACH PICTURE: Write 3 things that you observe.  Describe details using complete sentences.

    3. FOR EACH PICTURE: Write 3 questions about what you observed.  Write in complete sentences.

    4. Last, what could you do to learn more about it?  Where could this simple obervation and question lead you to further investigations?



    Below is an example of one of my pictures, with my observations, questions, and next steps:




    1. I see a squirrel in the tree holding a nut.

    2. The squirrel is mostly brown with spots of gray and black.

    3. The squirrel is being very still and not moving.



    1. What kind of nut is the squirrel eating?

    2. Does the squirrel live in the tree?

    3. Does the squirrel live in a group or on it's own?


    Next steps:

    I could research squirrels on the internet to learn more about what they eat, where they live, and if they live in groups.  I could also go back to the same area and do field research and observe the squirrels in this area. 


    Here are the other 2 pictures I took.  What observations do you see?  What questions do you have?





    I would love to see your work!  Please email me at rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us

    Include your name, room number, and observation lesson in the email heading

    Have a GREAT week!  Please get outside and enjoy nature!  Its a great way to get some exercise and complete your science lesson for the week. 

    Wishing you all a WONDERFUL summer and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.  I have MISSED you ALL these last few months and I have ENJOYED all the work students have submitted. I hope you have enjoyed the lessons. To the 5th graders, I have enjoyed teaching you science the last 5 years, and I wish you all the BEST and SUCCESS in your next chapter of middle school.  Stay safe and healthy :) 

    Best wishes to all,

    Ms. Fabionar








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  • Lesson - Making Observations

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/7/2020

    Making observations is an essential science skill for all grades.  In the beginning of the school year, we practice making observations, by drawing and writing about what we see, feel, hear, smell, and even taste (when it applies).  

    Go outside and explore the world around you!  From your back yard, front yard, or on a walk with your family.  All you need is paper, a pencil, and the outdoors! Possible lessons using observations:

    1. Collect different samples of leaves.  Draw and write about the leaves you found.  How are they different?  How are they the same?

    2. Start a rock collection!  Collect different rocks.  Draw and write about the rocks you found.  How are they different?  How are they the same?

    3. What is in our soil?  Collect a sample of two different soils.  Draw and write about the different soils. How are they different?  How are they the same?

    4. Bug search!  Go outside and explore what is living around you.  Draw and write what you see.  Compare two different bugs you discovered.  How are they different?  How are they the same?

    5. Compare the night sky and day sky.  Take a piece of paper and fold it in half. On one side draw and write about the day sky and on the other side the night sky.  How is the night sky and day sky the same?  

    6. Let's talk about the weather!  Draw and write about what the weather is like today.  What do you predict the weather will be tomorrow?  What is your favorite weather and why?

    I would love to hear your ideas!  Do you have an idea we can explore and I can share your ideas with others and put your lesson idea on this page?  Email me your idea and I will share!  rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us

    Also, submit your observation by scanning or taking a picture of your work and emailng it to me.  I will share out!

    Attached is my guidelines for making observations.  This is the lesson I use at the beginning of the school year and this is the format the students are use to when making their obaservations.  I encourage creating your own home science notebook to put all of your science exploarions on. 

    Making Observations

    Lesson on how to make scientific observations



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