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What is the scientific method?



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?