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Methods of Science

Gr. 5 Study of the Scientific Method

Observe Using the senses to collect information
Inferring Making statements about an observation that provides a reasonable explanation
Classifying Sorting or ordering objects or ideas into groups or categories based on their properties
Measuring Determining dimensions (length/area), volume, mass/weight, or time of objects or events by using instruments that measure these properties.
Numbers Used to order, count, add, subtract, multiply, and divide to explain data.
Communicating Using pictorial, written, or oral language to describe an event, action, or object.
Predicting Guessing what the outcome of an event will be based on observations and, usually, prior knowledge of similar events.
Hypothesis To state a problem to be solved as a question.
Experiment To perform a test to support or disprove a hypothesis.
Model To make a picture, written or physical representation to represent an object or event.
Variables To identify things in an experiment that can be changed or controlled.
Comparing and Contrasting Discovering similarities and differences between objects or events.
Recording Data Writing down the results of observations.
Interpreting Data Creating or using tables, graphs, or diagrams to organize and explain information.
Created by: salleyj