We began the year in third-fifth grades learning lab safety rules. A presentation and discussion followed about scientific inquiry- observation (notice) and question (wonder). They are the first two steps of the Scientific Method and essential skills.
One of my goals is for the students to learn how to use science tools correctly. We watched the following video about the proper use of a hand lens. Then we took something off the Observation Station to observe. I will be adding to the Observation Station all year. Contributions are always welcome!