Think about this…… Do you think chimpanzees can learn American Sign Language? How about use a computer? Why or why not?
Meet Jane Goodall…
- This is a series of steps that scientists use to answer questions and solve problems
Is there only one scientific method?
- No! There are several versions of this scientific process ranging in the number of steps.
- However, all versions begin with a question to be answered based on observations of the world around us and provide an organized method for conducting and analyzing an experiment.
- This is a question you want to solve
- To study & gather information about the problem you want to solve
- Places to do research: your class notes, science book, library, internet, encyclopedia, television, etc.
- To make an educated guess or best guess about what you think will happen in the experiment.
- Usually has the words “If... Then”
- IF I eat too much, THEN I will get sick
- All of the tools and equipment you will need to complete the lab & solve the problem
- What safety equipment should you use/wear?
- What safety precautions should you follow?
- Refer to your safety manual
- Write down ALL of the steps you will need to follow so you can complete the lab & solve the problem
- It’s time to perform the experiment
- Show your results by making graphs, charts, tables, pictures, diagrams, etc.
Conclusion Answer the following questions:
- Was your hypothesis correct or incorrect?
- What did YOU do during the lab?
- Were there any errors or problems?
- Would you do anything different next time?