1. Topic-
What Are the Scientific Inquiry Skills?
2. Content-
Introduction to the key concepts regarding the Scientific Method in 4th grade Science utilizing grade level vocabulary as well as on level text.

pan balance, temperature, spring scale, hand lens, forceps, dropper, microscope, bug box, model, construction, inquiry skills, scientific method
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Identify tools used within a lab.
2. Acquire new science vocabulary.
3. Read on-level text fluently.
4. Objectives-
1. All students will be able to identify the tools necessary for scientific inquiry.

2. All students will be able to use appropriate vocabulary when referring to the tools used.

3. All students will be able to reference on-level material to extrapolate pertinent information for class.
5. Materials and Aids-
Smart board presentation, text books, tools
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Begin on opening page(X), discuss how the girl is using her senses to explore the underwater world. Ask students how scientists use tools to explore their world.

2. Direct students to vocabulary list at the bottom of the page.
Discuss any terms that may be familiar.

3. Begin vocabulary activity in Science portfolio.

B. Development-

1. Read text: Intro Chapter:
Lesson 1.

2. As students read, have them actively looking for vocabulary within the text.

3. After reading Lesson 1, display tools for inquiry for students to explore.
Pass around several objects for students to touch and look at close up.

C. Practice-

1. Students will work in pairs to identify the tools in the lab correctly using a worksheet.

2. Students will place their answers in their portfolio to use in discussion at a later date.

D. Independent Practice-

Students will work in independently to identify the tools in the lab correctly.


E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. IEP and 504 students can work with the Special Education teacher in a small group setting.

2. Whole brain learning concepts taught to foster acquisition of material.


F. Checking for understanding-

1. Review using Smart Board technologies.
2. Brief quiz over basic terms.

G. Closure-

1. Discuss how we(or scientists)could use these tools and concepts to help us perform experiments.

2. Tell students that they will have the opportunity to use these skills in the next lesson.

3. Preview the experiment in Lesson 2.

7. Evaluation-
Students will be proficient when they can identify tools using correct terminology.

This Lesson Plan is available at (www.teacherjet.com)