Monday, September 4, 2017

The Scientific Method

5th Graders are focusing on the The Scientific Method. We will be doing a number of exciting investigations to familiarize ourselves with this process. Please be sure to review these steps over the next couple weeks. The goal is to be able to explain the order of this process and give a general description of each step. If you write me a list of these steps as a way to review and put it in my classroom mailbox (with your name & class number on it), I'll give you a Mister "E" Microscope slip!

The Scientific Method
The process scientists use to get to the bottom of their questions.

Step 1: Ask a Question
  • Be sure it lends itself to experimentation
  • Don’t forget to use a  “?” at the end
Step 2: Observe & Research
  • Use your senses
  • Use prior knowledge
  • Use resources – Internet, books, interview professionals
Step 3: State your Hypothesis
  • Say what you think and WHY!
  • “Because” must be in your hypothesis
Step 4: Design the Investigation
  • List of all materials (bulleted)
  • List of all procedures (numbered)
  • Then carry it out!
Step 5: Collect & Analyze Results
  • Take written notes (a well documented journal)
  • Take visual notes (sketches, photos, charts, graphs)
Step 6: Discuss your Findings
  • What happened in general?
  • Why do you think it happened?
  • Were there any errors?
Step 7: Make Conclusions
  • Overall, state what you learned
  • Revisit your hypothesis (don’t change it if wrong)
  • Ask a new question to repeat the process!