“Investigating Evidence” Resources
If you use the Investigating Evidence curriculum, these resources will help you make the most of it!
Introduction: Meeting the Standards
Engage students in science practices while building English and math skills.
- For additional information on how Investigating Evidence specifically meets NGSS and Common Core math and ELA standards, check out this PDF document.
Investigation 1: Observe and Wonder
Science begins with curiosity and close observation.
- When taking your students outside to observe the natural world, consider following these outdoor teaching tips to help facilitate a great experience.
Investigation 2: What is Science?
Students will meet some of our Lab scientists and learn about the science process through their exciting work.
- Use the Crossing Boundaries young scientist videos here. (If the video below does not show, try another internet browser.)
- Show the “Meet the Scientist” video below if you desire.
Investigation 3: My Investigation
Designing your own experiments is fun and demands creative thinking!
- These example rubrics (link coming soon) will help you develop a rubric for evaluating students’ investigations.
- A great way to get kids excited about planning and conducting their own investigations is to show them what other kids have done. Be sure to download a free copy of our BirdSleuth Investigator!
Investigation 4: Testing Hypotheses
It’s an exciting challenge to plan and implement your own investigation!
Investigation 5: Show Me the Data
Students learn how to share their conclusions visually through graphs.
- The Grackles Graphing (link coming soon) PowerPoint presentation will help you make teaching graphing fun and easy.
Investigation 6: Share My Investigation
Sharing what you’ve learned is a critical part of the science process.
Going Further: Science is Always Evolving
Keep your students hooked on the science process with this additional resource.
- The book, Citizen Science: 15 Lessons that Bring Biology to Life, is a great way to keep your students engaged and involved with citizen science while contributing to real-world data. Designed for 6th through 12th graders, these lessons cover topics from plants to whales to butterflies to birds. Download a free sample lesson or purchase your copy today!