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Could It Be True?

Pick a small-scaled environment, and make up your own question.

Example: Take a clothes hanger, and shape it into a square. Put it outside in an area that is not used, and place it under a tree, in the sand, or just about anywhere you would like. Then observe. What changes do you observe? Did a leaf blow in, or a piece of trash? Changes can be both small and large.

Observe carefully for about fifteen minutes a day.


  • Magnifying glass
  • Hanger
  • Journal
  • Pen or pencil
  • Thermometer

Record the details in a journal.

Record information like the following:

My Question:


My Hypothesis:





My Plan:

















My Results:







What did I find out?



My New Question:




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Want to share photos of you or your friends doing this activity? Send it in an e-mail with the following information:

  1. The title of the activity
  2. The URL (Internet address)
  3. Your name.

Remember that no pictures can be used that show student faces or student names on it. 

Teachers should view the Teacher Site Map to relate Sci-ber text and the USOE 3rd grade science core.

Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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