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What is the scientific method?

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k12 5th Grade Science Class Connect on the Scientific Method!

k12 5th Grade Science Class Connect on the Scientific Method!

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    What is the scientific method? What is the scientific method? Presentation Transcript

    • What is the Scientific Method ? And how do we use it?
    • Identify the Problem
      • A problem statement outlines what you want to investigate.
      • Ask yourself….What do I want to find out?
      • What do I hope to learn from this experiment?
      • Also called your purpose.
    • Research
      • Refer to resources with great information
      • Find various information about your topic.
      • Without research, predicting the outcome of your project is impossible!
    • Possible Resources
      • Books
      • Magazines
      • Newspapers
      • Internet
      • Websites
      • Interviews with experts
    • Develop a Hypothesis
      • All Hypothesis should include these parts:
        • Focus of the experiment
        • What’s being measured
        • Conditions
        • Expected results
        • A Hypothesis is an educated guess or prediction.
    • For Example… Your Hypothesis May be…
      • Water will evaporate faster in the sun than in a shady location.
      • Ants are more attracted to salt water, than sugar water.
      • The larger load may be moved with less effort when using one lever.
      • Make it a statement…do not use “I THINK” in the actual hypothesis statement.
    • Conduct Experiments
      • Test your hypothesis
      • Use instruments to measure
      • Record information and results
      • Conduct at least 3 trials
      • Pay attention to all results!
      • Errors are also information
    • Keep Detailed Records of Methods and Results
      • Be an awesome observer
      • Don’t focus on your prediction…focus on your process and find accurate results
      • We learn just as much (if not more) from experimental error as we do when it all turns out the way we expected!
    • Results
      • What did you learn during this investigation?
      • Did you discover any facts that you didn’t know before?
    • Report the Experiments
      • What Happened??
      • Review data collected
      • Review observations
      • Note all errors
      • Discuss all variables
    • Analyze the results
      • And so…
      • What did you find out?
    • Develop a Conclusion
      • Did the results confirm your prediction?
      • Did the results not prove my prediction?
      • Are there questions that remain unanswered?
      • What changes could I have made?
      • Are there new questions to be asked and tested?
    • Conclusion
      • This should be a statement that answers the original question (s).
      • Be sure to share surprise findings!
    • Application to the Real World
      • Was this experiment important?
      • Why?
      • Why not?
      • How does it apply to the real world and my life?