Discovering Science: teaching science and observation skills (roots, grades 2-3)

Every science lesson requires students to listen, look, and learn. But do all students have the keen observations skills it takes? Watch what is happening during a science lesson. Students are busy working together. But are they carefully observing and recording what is happening? Observation skills do not come naturally to all students. Those skills may have to be taught. One way students can hone their observation skills is by writing about what they see. Ask explicit questions such as, What is the same about both? What is different? What problem do you observe?

NSTA’s “Discovering Science” lesson explores plant roots and erosion and lets students study two kinds of plant roots and compare the differences. The first thing they will observe: Plant roots are not all the same! Scientists closely observe and record information because they want to be accurate. They record and keep track of findings. Encourage students to keep a science journal and record their observations during science lessons. Read more about observation skills and keeping journals.

Lesson Plan

Please take a look at the roots lesson plan for Grades 2-3.

Let us know how it worked in your classroom—we’d love to hear your comments

and suggestions!

Image of children examining plant roots courtesy of Greg Peterson.

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