Grade Levels: K-3

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP Jr. topic Science Tools, and supports the standard of using appropriate tools and models to investigate the world. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Ask students:

  • What tool helps you see the stars? 
  • What tool helps you observe the wings of a bug?


  • Play the Science Tools movie.  
  • Click the pause button each time a question appears in Annie’s Notebook and discuss it as a class. Then play to see how Annie answers it. 

TIP: The pause button turns red to remind you to pause. 

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Students take the Easy Quiz or Hard Quiz, demonstrating what they learned about the topic while applying essential literacy skills.


Students express what they learned about science tools while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student or grade-level needs.

  • Draw About It: Draw something you measure using a scale and something you measure using a tablespoon.
  • Activity: Choose a science tool you can use to measure the length and width of each pictured object. Measure and record your answers.
  • Talk About It: Identify what objects you can observe with each pictured science tool.
  • Write About It: Describe which science tools botanists might need in order to collect data.

More to Explore 

Be a Scientist Unit: Continue to build understanding around the nature of science by exploring more BrainPOP Jr. topics.

Teacher Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Lesson Plan Next Generation Science Standards Alignments