What does a scientist look like? Most people think of an older man in a white lab coat with beakers and bubbling test tubes around him. I wanted the kids to realize that this is not always the case and they are actually scientists, too.
When I did this activity last year, I hung the drawings up in the hallway. This year, I want them to draw the pictures into their interactive science notebooks. This would be a right page activity after we do the science classroom scavenger hunt.
I wanted the kids to view themselves as real scientists and draw themselves in a scientific setting of their choice. The kids came up with some great scenarios such as a marine biologist, zoologist, vet, chemist, astronaut, researcher, paleontologist, entomologist, etc... They really got a sense of how there are so many different kinds of sciences to study and types of scientists, not just the usual stereotype most people think of.
I condensed the handout so that they can glue the instructions to the top of their notebook page and have about 3/4 of the page to draw themselves as a scientist in a setting of their choice. Here is the new handout: http://www.middleschoolscience.com/i-am-a-scientist-isn.pdf
I also mention that the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, was actually a marine biologist before he started the cartoon series.