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Kelly Hudson (khudson@steds.org)

(A10) Inferring Vertebrate Animals

Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 3rd Grade
Subjects: Science

Student Instructions

Scientists learn about living things through observation. We observe when we use one or more of our senses to find out about objects, events, or living things. An observation is a fact learned directly through the senses. Scientists use observations and prior knowledge to make inferences. When you make an inference, you use clues from observations, along with the knowledge that you already have, to figure out information that has not been given to you. An inference is a deduction that is made based upon observations, prior knowledge, reasoning, and/or making connections. You are going to observe partial photos of animals. You are going to use your observation skills and prior knowledge to infer the class (mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, or fish) that each vertebrate animal belongs in. You will need to provide observational evidence from the photo to support your claim. Evidence is information, facts, or data supporting a claim, assumption, or hypothesis. A claim is a proposed answer to a question. Hands-on Activity 1. Click add response to open the template. 2. Observe the photo. 3. Identify the class that the animal belongs in. 4. Label evidence to support your claim. 5. Use the microphone to describe your inference using the required content and vocabulary words. 6. Include the purpose of the activity. 7. Listen to your recordings. Are your recordings clear? Did you include the required content and vocabulary words? Be sure to check off the required content and vocabulary words. 8. Click the green check to save. Required Content o Class of each animal o Inference based on observational evidence o Purpose of the activity/what you learned Required Vocabulary o Observe o Claim o Infer o Evidence o Class o Reptile o Fish o Amphibian o Mammal o Bird