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Using The Scientific Method

Scientific Inquiry for Children

This resource is a great guide to using the scientific method with young children by following their interests.  Steps for scientific inquiry (question, observe, predict, experiment, discuss) are outlined and suggestions for how to support children’s thinking during each step are given.  Get ready to follow the child’s lead and support them in the inquiry process!

Using the Scientific Method Handout


This resource was created by the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and the Office of Head Start.  For more information go to the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning.

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