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What Makes a Good
Mr. Kinney’s Science Class
Looking at strategies to plan a good research
Brainstorming key words and questions for
Looking at your ﬁrst and second source for
answers to those questions.
Bring me your textbooks or $40.
Otherwise you’re not going on the trip or
anything else that’s nice.
Creating a Research
A good eighth-grade research project is
going to need a plan.
Without a plan, you’re research will lack
Trust me, having a research plan will make
your life easier.
Having a speciﬁc research question keeps
you from wasting time and doing extra work.
What are the key words
for your topic?
Look through the textbook chapter for bold
Brainstorm (using a mind map or other
Use a table with the quot;question wordsquot; (why,
how, who, what, when, where) to generate
research questions from your keywords.
Don’t stress out, I have a sheet to guide you
in this process.
Key Question Examples
What is the difference between a series and parallel circuit?
When does a plant grow the most, during the day or night?
Where is the focal point of a lens?
How does a java applet work?
Does a truss make a bridge stronger?
Why are moths attracted to light?
Which cleaning products kill the most bacteria?
Throw Out the Garbage
You’re brainstorming; it doesn’t have to be
Go for quantity, not quality. The more ideas
you have, the better.
Then throw out anything that doesn’t work.
You should also plan to do background
research on the history of similar
experiments or inventions.
Ask other people (friends, parents, other
teachers, me) what they know about the
What I need to see by
the end of the period.
I will be checking your worksheet.
I’m looking for at least three good research
If we conference and you’re research
question is good, you can continue