Observations and Inferences Source:  http://www-bioc.rice.edu/pblclass/6th%20grade/process%20skills/oi/o&i.htm
Observation - recognizing and noting some  FACT to gather information about the world <ul><li>You make observations using ...
Observations can be qualitative or quantitative <ul><li>Qualitative observations - factual descriptions that do not use nu...
Inference - a possible explanation or guess about an observation <ul><li>Example: you leave the movie theater and see the ...
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  1. 1. Observations and Inferences Source: http://www-bioc.rice.edu/pblclass/6th%20grade/process%20skills/oi/o&i.htm
  2. 2. Observation - recognizing and noting some FACT to gather information about the world <ul><li>You make observations using your five senses </li></ul><ul><li>Observations must be specific and accurate, not relative, so that it means the same to everyone. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Incorrect - the burning bag smelled nasty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Correct - the burning bag smelled similar to rotten eggs
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  3. 3. Observations can be qualitative or quantitative <ul><li>Qualitative observations - factual descriptions that do not use numbers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Mr. Jones has blue eyes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quantitative observations - factual descriptions that do use numbers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Mr. Jones has two eyes </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Inference - a possible explanation or guess about an observation <ul><li>Example: you leave the movie theater and see the ground is wet so you infer that it rained. </li></ul>

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