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					HOW SCIENTISTS WORK

PRIMARY

INVESTIGATING
• • • • • OBSERVE AND ASK A QUESTION. FORM A HYPOTHESIS. PLAN A FAIR TEST. DO THE TEST. DRAW CONCLUSIONS. COMMUNICATE THE RESULTS.

OBSERVE

• USE YOUR FIVE SENSES TO HELP YOU LEARN.

COMPARE

TELL HOW THINGS ARE ALIKE AND

• DIFFERENT.

SEQUENCE
• PUT THINGS IN TIME ORDER TO SHOW CHANGES.

CLASSIFY
• SORT OBJECTS INTO GROUPS TO SHOW HOW THEY ARE ALIKE.

INFER
• USE WHAT YOU KNOW TO MAKE A GOOD GUESS ABOUT WHY SOMETHING IS HAPPENING.

FORM A HYPOTHESIS
• MAKE A STATEMENT THAT TELLS WHAT WILL HAPPEN. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO TEST THE STATEMENT.

MAKE MODELS
• MAKE SOMETHING TO SHOW WHAT A THING IS LIKE OR HOW IT WORKS.

MEASURE
• USE TOOLS TO FIND OUT HOW MUCH OR HOW FAR.

PREDICT
• USE WHAT YOU KNOW TO MAKE A GOOD GUESS ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN.

DRAW CONCLUSIONS
• USE ALL THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE GATHERED TO MAKE DECISIONS.

COMMUNICATE

.

SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW BY TELLING OR SHOWING OTHERS.

“LEARNING SCIENCE IS SOMETHING STUDENTS DO, NOT SOMETHHING THAT IS DONE TO THEM.”
NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS.


				
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