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Science Snapshots: Observation Versus Inference
In this one-time course, students will learn about the difference between an observation and an inference.
There are no upcoming classes.
year old learners
learners per class
30 minute class
In this class students will learn the critical distinction between observations and inferences and when you can use each in science. We will learn about the difference between qualitative and quantitative observations, and why scientists often prefer one over the other. First students will investigate a partial image of a scene and be asked to make observations and inferences about it. Next another piece of the puzzle will be revealed and perhaps their inferences will be changed based on new...
Students will be able to differentiate between scientific observations and inferences. Students will make observations and inferences about real-life scenarios and objects.
Students should bring one found item to class. This item can be literally anything! Suggestions: something natural from your backyard, something you found on a neighborhood walk, a toy, a book, kitchen utensils, the list is truly endless.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Meet the teacher
Welcome! My name is Stephanie Tavill, and I am a middle school science teacher. I am starting my 7th year of teaching 8th grade science this fall. I have a BS in Secondary Science Education (grades 7-12) from Northern Michigan University. I also...