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Mrs. Walker

Process Skills

Science (2 answers) Investigation and exploration of natural events and of the new info. that results from those investigations. A way to investigate what is happening to you
What do scientists do? Observe, Investigate, experiment, ask questions, use technology, use clues, and use prior notes
What are the SPS Observing, classifying, inferring&predicting, representing data, experimenting, controlling variables, and measuring
Observation Using your senses to gather info and take note of what occurs. (What you learn through your senses.)
Inference Logical explanation of an observation that is drawn from prior knowledge/experience. (Guessing the past of present)
Difference btwn Inference and observations Observations: Fact. what you learned.. Inference: Guess. How you explained what you guessed
Prediction a statement of what will happen next
Difference btw inference and prediction Prediction: Future Inference: Past
Classifying Putting objects/events into group based on common characteristics
Measuring determining length, area, volume, mass, or temp. to describe and quantify objects or to assign call to something or describe as a measurement of quantity or quality
Quantitative Number value
Qualitative Condition or comparison
Communicate describing an event or an object to another person. Scientists use new info in their research or perform other scientists' investigations to verify results
Representing data organizing measurements to make your info easier to use and interpret
Controlling variables studying how attributes vary by manipulating variables and managing conditions during an experiment and changing others
Experimenting putting all of the process skills together in one activity
Technology practical use of scientific knowledge, especially for industrial or commercial use
Scientific theory an explanation of observations or events based on knowledge gained from many observations and investigations. Excepted until proven wrong
Scientific law describes a pattern or an event in nature that is always true. Proven facts
critical thinking comparing what you already know with the info you are given in order to decide whether you agree with it.
Bias a process where the scientists performing the research influence the results in order to portray an outcome