Explore Like a Scientist: Fruity Observations

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In this activity, learners use their senses to collect information about a fruit and record their findings in a Science Journal. Learners use science words to describe the fruit, ask or write questions about the fruit, and make drawings and take measurements of the fruit. At the end, the fruits are mixed together and learners must be able to find their own fruit in a pile of other similar fruits. This activity is written as an assessment but can be used individually. A scoring rubric is included. This activity is featured on pp.15-16 of the "ScienceWorks" K-2 unit of study.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • A combination of apples, oranges, grapes, pears, strawberries, and other fruits
  • Science Journals (page 52)
  • Pencils
  • Measuring tools (rulers)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Classification
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Touch
      • Smell
      • Vision
      • Hearing
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • The Scientific Worldview
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • be mobile
  • smell
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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