Free Inquiry Teacher Lessons

In Inquiry, busy teachers can find brief descriptions of both the Science Tools modules and included activities. The core concept and vocabulary for the module are listed on this lesson page. Teachers won’t need to do outside research on the topic or the educational pedagogy behind the lessons because that information can be found in the Teacher Explain for the module and the Teacher Guides that accompany each activity. See excerpts of the Teacher Explain videos here to help you see how they fit into and support the module in Inquiry.

Free Science Tools Teacher Lessons

Tools are used to collect information. Some tools, like rulers, are used to measure or to find out how big something is. Other tools, like hand lenses, are used to observe and study things carefully. This module introduces students to the different types of tools used in science and how they help us study the world around us.

Core Concept

In science, a tool is something you use to collect data, or information. Scientists use tools to help them observe, describe, compare, measure, and communicate.

Essential Vocabulary

balance scale, beaker, data, equal, hand lens, mass, measurement, microscope, record, ruler, senses, telescope, temperature, thermometer, tool, volume

Inquiry allows students to learn the skills that scientists use every day at their own skill level. Learning these skills at a young age will help students to participate in science experiments, prepare for science fairs, and observe the world around them. Students learn to use tools such as their senses, rulers, and balance scales through engaging activities. As they grow, students will build on the foundation they have built in their K-2 years.