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Scientific Skills

Scientific Method & process skills

TermDefinition
Observing To use the five senses to learn about an object or event, or to collect information about an object
Inferring & Predicting To guess or draw a conclusion about an object or future event based on observations
Classifying To place an object or event in groups based on common characteristics
Measuring To determine the length, area, volume, mass, or temperature to describe and quantify objects
Communicating To describe an object or event to another person
Controlling Variables To study how attributes vary by manipulating variables
Experimenting To put all the process skills together in one activity
Representing Data To organize your measurements to make your information easier to use and interpret
Purpose What do you want to know?
Research What can you find out?
Hypothesis What do you predict?
Experiment How are you going to test it?
Analysis What happened during your experiment?
Conclusion What did you find out?
Dependent Variable The factor/variable that is being observed in an experiment
Independent Variable The factor/variable that is changed in an experiment
Constant The factor/variable that remains the same in an experiment
Created by: Pamela Hebert