“Investigating Evidence” Resources

If you use the  Investigating Evidence curriculum, these resources will help you make the most of it!

If you haven’t already,  download the full curriculum (PDF) or purchase your full-color print

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.

      • Interested in chatting about science careers with your students? Here’s some information about Careers in Science from PBS and a listing of the Different Fields of Science from another site.
      • An 17×22 poster of the front page of the student journal (The Science Process) can be purchased

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 4Testing Hypotheses

It’s an exciting challenge to plan and implement your own investigation!

      • This simple PowerPoint presentation, Variables in Science Experiments, will help you present the concepts of variables and controls to your students.
      • Use the Hypothesis Help PowerPoint presentation to help your students learn how to craft a hypothesis from their observations and questions.

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.