Do you ever wonder how to prepare students for science testing with all of the strange scenarios they might encounter in the questions?
I was looking over released STAAR questions for circuits and I just could not believe how crazy some of these circuits pictured were. Would students understand how to build a simple circuit be able to analyze one with wires going in every direction? Probably not. This is when I decided to create Observation Stations.
These aligned, rigorous resources will allow your students to experience different scenarios they might encounter on a standardized test. They talk with other students, move around the room, and draw conclusions.
Each set contains 6 stations that students rotate through during one class period and includes materials lists, student pages, and station directions.
What Observations Stations are Available on TpT?
NOTE: I recommend the Physical Science Observation Stations Bundle which includes the nine hands-on sets listed below.
1. Mixtures Observation Stations allow students to observe how some physical properties of ingredients change when a solution is made, while those in a simple mixture stay the same.
2. Circuits Observation Stations allow students to explore building circuits and how removing a wire or opening or closing a circuit can change how many bulbs are lit.
3. Mass and Volume Observation Stations allow students to practice determining mass using a triple beam balance and determining the volume of an irregularly shaped object using a graduated cylinder of water.
4. Relative Density Observation Stations allow students to observe how matter can be classified based on relative density using water as a reference point.
5. Solubility Observation Stations allow students to observe how matter can be classified based on its solubility in water.
6. Electrical Conductivity and Magnetism Observation Stations allow students to test objects to determine their electrical conductivity and magnetism.
7. Spring Scales Observation Stations allow students to practice measuring force with a spring scale.
8. Reflection of Light Observation Stations allow students to explore the how light behaves with a mirror.
9. Refraction Observation Stations allow students to explore different instances of refraction.
10. Fossils Observation Stations allow students to draw conclusions about 6 different fossil scenarios.
11. Food Webs Observation Stations allow students to interpret food webs, food chains, and interactions in ecosystems.
12. Traits and Behaviors Observation Stations allow students to identify inherited traits, instincts, learned behaviors, and acquired traits for 6 sets of observations.
13. Comparing Adaptations Observation Stations allow students to compare and contrast the external structures and functions for 6 sets of organisms.
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