What Makes a Good Scientific Sketch?

The third graders recently learned about scientific sketches, a tool used by scientists to record and communicate information, not to make art. Along with a drawing, a scientific sketch often includes labels and diagrams, questions and explanations. You don’t have to be an artist to create a successful scientific sketch. You simply have to take time, observe closely, and record what you see.

The third graders learned the criteria for a successful scientific sketch through the mnemonic: ABCDE

Scientific sketches should be:

  • Accurate
  • Big
  • Colorful
  • Detailed
  • Explained

The third graders then used their careful observation skills and practiced sketching like scientists!


Author: The Saklan School Friday Blog

The Saklan School is a private Pre-K through 8 school located in Moraga, CA. Our mission is to think creatively, act compassionately, and live courageously.

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