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Introduction To Scientific Inquiry

Introduction to Scientific Inquiry


For this activity you need to wrap 6 items in boxes and number them 1 to 6. Each lab group should receive one of these lab papers to record the groups activities/observations. Try to wrap different weighted/scented/shaped items in each box. I have used DD batteries, coffee grinds, pennies, a broken up clementine, and paper clips in the past. Have the groups circulate to each station. Answer the questions as a class following the activity. This is a great first day of school activity!! Have Fun! Clip Art compliments of www.mycutegraphics.com Follow my store at www.teacherspayteachers.com/store/CrazyScienceLady

Name ______________________ Mystery Box Activity Directions: Working with a group use all of your senses and powers of observation to determine what is inside each box. You may do anything to the box except open it in order to determine its contents. 1. Your groups box number: _______________________ 2. Write a detailed step-by-step explanation of the process you are using to determine the contents of your box: a. First we a. We observed

b. Next we

b. We observed

c. Then we

c. We observed

d. Finally we

d. We observed

What do you think might be in the box? ____________________________________

1. Your groups box number: _______________________ 2. Write a detailed step-by-step explanation of the process you are using to determine the contents of your box: a. First we a. We observed b. Next we b. We observed

c. Then we

c. We observed

d. Finally we

d. We observed

What do you think might be in the box? ____________________________________

1. Your groups box number: _______________________ 2. Write a detailed step-by-step explanation of the process you are using to determine the contents of your box: a. First we a. We observed

b. Next we

b. We observed

c. Then we

c. We observed

d. Finally we

d. We observed

What do you think might be in the box? ____________________________________ 1. Your groups box number: _______________________ 2. Write a detailed step-by-step explanation of the process you are using to determine the contents of your box: a. First we a. We observed

b. Next we

b. We observed

c. Then we

c. We observed

d. Finally we

d. We observed

What do you think might be in the box? ____________________________________ 1. Your groups box number: _______________________ a. First we a. We observed

b. Next we

b. We observed

c. Then we

c. We observed

d. Finally we

d. We observed

What do you think might be in the box? ____________________________________

1. Your groups box number: _______________________ a. First we a. We observed

b. Next we

b. We observed

c. Then we

c. We observed

d. Finally we

d. We observed

What do you think might be in the box? ____________________________________ Discussion questions: 1. What common techniques did each group use?

2. Were you ever 100% sure what was in your box? Why or why not?

3. How does this apply to scientific discovery?