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    In this activity, students work together to make careful observations.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • explain what an observation is
    • record and discuss their observations.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • discussion questions
    • extension idea.

    Nature of science

    Understanding the importance of careful observation is crucial to the NZC’s nature of science strands ‘Understanding about science’ and ‘Investigating in science’. The science capability ‘Gather and interpret data’ states, “Science knowledge is based on data derived from direct, or indirect, observations of the natural physical world….” Observations differ from inferences, which are the interpretations you draw from the observations.

    Useful links

    Visit TKI to read more about the science capabilities and see our nature of science resources


      Published 25 November 2016 Referencing Hub articles