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Conducting a Scientific Investigation: Collecting Data


Prep time: 2 class sessions     Class time: Travel depends on distance from school to museum, museum time 1.5 hrs – 2 hours


In this lesson, students will carry out their own scientific investigation on their field trip to the museum. Students will gather data by observing the animals in their museum habitats and inputting the data into the Habitat Tracker iPad application.

Learning Goals

The student will be able to:

  1. Know that scientific knowledge is based on and/or derived from observations of the natural world.
  2. Review: Scientists ask questions to guide their investigation.


This lesson fits into the organized set of nature of science and scientific inquiry Module 1 lessons designed to explicitly cover the tenets of the nature of science, as described in the state and national standards, as well as the practice of science.

An iPad Habitat Tracker application tutorial can be found on the Habitat Tracker Project website.


  • Each student or student group should proceed to the habitat assigned in the classroom.
  • Students should observe the habitat thoroughly (as learned in Module 1 Lesson 1) before they start inputting data.
  • Data should be entered under Weather, Animal, and Habitat Observations on the iPad application.
  • Journal entries should be conducted by the students at the museum and should address their scientific question, their experience at the museum, and any new questions they want to address.


  • Collect weather, habitat, and animal observations.
  • Journal about the experience and possible insights into your scientific question you developed.

Exit Ticket

  • Observations and journal entry

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