Kindergarten Science Inquiry Lesson Plan

Topic:science inquiry

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will understand how science plays an important role in their lives by asking questions and conducting experiments to gather information and test hypotheses.


  • various items such as ice cubes, pop cans, toothpicks, paper clips, etc.
  • freezer
  • hot water kettle
  • pen and paper for each student
  • clipboards for each group of students


  • Begin the lesson by asking the students if they have ever wondered how things around them are made or how they work.
  • Write down their responses on the board and discuss how scientists use questions and experiments to learn about the world around them.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the topic of how science shapes the world we live in.
  • Use examples such as how scientists use experiments to find out how things such as cars, airplanes, and buildings are made or how they work.
  • Explain that scientists use different methods and tools to conduct their experiments, such as test tubes, beakers, and microscopes.

Guided Practice

  • Have the students work in pairs or small groups and give them each a set of materials to use in their own experiment.
  • Examples of materials could include test tubes, beakers, bottles containing liquids, and different items such as food coloring, glitter, and tinsel.
  • Provide guidance and support as the students conduct their experiments and ask them questions such as "What do you think will happen when you add the glitter to the liquid? Why do you think that?


  • After the students have finished their experiments, have them share their results and observations with the class.
  • Ask them questions such as "How did the glitter affect the liquid? Why do you think that?


  • For the final step in the inquiry process, have the students reflect on their experience and write a short summary or review of their experiment.
  • This can be done in the form of a paragraph or a simple list of steps.


  • Encourage the students to ask questions and engage in conversation about the topic.
  • This is a great opportunity to introduce new vocabulary and concepts related to science and inquiry.

Independent Practice

  • Provide the students with a variety of materials (such as beads, feathers, and seashells) and encourage them to conduct their own experiments.
  • Encourage them to use the skills they have learned to plan and conduct their experiments, collect data, and draw conclusions.


  • Have the students share their findings with the class and discuss how the different materials affected their experiments.
  • Review the key concepts discussed during the lab and encourage the students to think about how science can be used to explore and understand the world around us.


  • Observe the students during the independent practice activity and provide feedback on their ability to conduct a simple experiment and gather and present the results.
  • Review the student's written explanations and evaluate their understanding of how science can be used to answer questions about the world around us.

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