Look at the world around you. Think about things that you may have seen that have interested you and have made you think. Ask a scientific question, your own question, that you would like to research and experiment with to find an answer.
You will follow each step of the Scientific Method below and write your responses on a piece of paper to take notes in order to create a presentation about your scientific question.
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE BLOG BEFORE YOU BEGIN.
1. Ask a Question
- One that is simple and exact such as "What type of ball will bounce the highest on a metal bench?" or "Will a bean sprout grow better in sun or shade?"-- basically, one that you can test with an experiment -- you choose the question.
- Avoid questions like, "What tastes better, Coke or Pepsi?" or "Can I build a volcano?".
- Choose an experiment that you can recreate in class. BE SURE TO GET PARENT/GUARDIAN APPROVAL FIRST.
- Make an educated guess as to what you think the answer to your question will be.
- Record important facts, new vocabulary and other things that you may want to know.
- Make a list of equipment and materials that you will need.
- Describe the step-by-step procedure that you will use to complete the experiment.
- Conduct the experiment at home. Make note of the controlled, dependent and independent variables.
- Record data from your experiment.
- Make a table or graph to display the results of your data. Similar to what we did in field science for the Bouncing Ball activity.
- State your question.
- State your hypothesis.
- Demonstrate your experiment.
- Describe the equipment and materials that you are using.
- Include a step-by-step procedure.
- List the controlled, dependent and independent variables.
- Show any data that you collected to include tables or graphs.
- Was your hypothesis correct or incorrect and why?
- What conclusion can you draw from your experiment?
When your experiment is complete, create a presentation to include all bullet points in Communicate Results.
You may do this in any way that you choose to include using posters, video, pictures, oral explanations, etc.
You MUST be able to perform the experiment to the class OR you can take pictures or video. Limit your presentation time to 5 minutes.
Presentations will be next week starting Tuesday. Be prepared with your experiment and presentation. On Monday, we will make a presentation sign up.
- Unsafe materials
- Non-school appropriate experiments
- School-provided materials