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Title: Who is a Scientist?

Suggested Time: 30 mins

Students will explore the skills that scientists use in their work.
Students will identify words such as infer and communicate.
Students will define words such as infer and communicate.
Students will draw pictures to communicate with their peers.

Standards: NSES
Science as Inquiry
Unifying concepts and Processes

Science books
White paper

Gearing Up:

Have students take turns acting out scenes such as combing their hair or making a sandwich. Then have students guess what they are doing and explain how they guessed.



1. Have students review what scientist do. If they can’t remember, have them refer to previous pages in their book. Scientists make models, compare and measure, classify and observe.


1. Have students look at page 5, ask what the weather looks like in the picture and how they can tell.
2. Read aloud the questions in the illustration and tell students they must look for a clue- something that will help them answer the questions. Ask how they looked for clues.
3. Ask what it means to communicate. Did you communicate? How? How did you act like a scientist?
4. Pass out pieces of white paper. Have students draw a person, place or thing but to leave out a part of it. Then have students exchange papers and draw in the missing part.
5. Explain that by drawing we are also communicating.
6. Have students look at page 6. Ask what season of the year it is. Why do you think so? Tell what you know or what you see.
7. Ask do you think the children have just been in the bathtub? Why not? Where have these children been? Why do you think so? How did you just act like a scientist?


1. Have students summarize what it means to communicate and infer.

Gearing Down:

Ask more specific questions to the pictures. For example, ask when someone uses umbrellas or when does a person have a beach ball.


Participation: whether or not student answers questions during class discussion.

Accuracy: whether or not student can explain how a scientist communicates and infers.

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