Your Science Journal

Course 5 of 6 in Becoming a Smart Peg Scientist Series

Smart Peg Lab


What do you do with all this amazing data you’ve been collecting? Learn how to choose and use a science journal to keep track of all of your investigations. Do a cool penny experiment to break in your brand new science journal!

Course Information


By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

» explain the purpose and importance of journaling in science

» generate ideas, questions and problems that could be the topic of a scientific investigation

» use the steps of the scientific process to plan and carry out an investigation in an organized way

Supplies Needed:

» science journal

» pencil or pen

» 4 dirty pennies

» 3 small cups or dishes

» vinegar or lemon juice

» liquid soap or laundry detergent

» water

» paper towels

» time

» printer optional

Suggested Pacing:

Day 1 – Getting Started and gather the Supplies Needed
Day 2 –
The Investigation a – c
Day 3 –
The Investigation d – e
Day 4 –
The Investigation f and g (part 1)
Day 5 –
The Investigation g (part 2) and What’s Next?

NGSS Standards:

Science & Engineering Practices (SEP)

» Planning and Carrying Out Investigations (Grades K-2, 3-5 and MS)

  • Before starting this course you must complete the required prerequisite course: Smart Peg Safety