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Think Like a Scientist

  You can think like a scientist!  

Visit the following sites to learn more...

Go to StudyJams' Scientific Method to watch a video, test yourself, and even sing along to the karaoke song!

Visit Brainpop's Scientific Method video and quizzes.

Our Scientific Method/Process Skills Study Guide:



Test Date:  ________________


*Review the process skills.  The definition is underlined and the words in boldface print tell you the activity we did to practice the process skill.

          *Observing:  to study closely by using the five senses  Shell or Button Observation

*Communicating:  to tell information; one can communicate using spoken word, writing,

          actions, or body language     Nutrition Labels

*Estimating:  to make a good guess about the value, size, or amount of something

          Containers of M&M’s and Skittles

*Measuring:  to find out the size or amount of an object    Measured Body Parts &                                                                              objects

*Collecting Data:  to gather information    Bags with Color Tiles

*Classifying:  to sort into groups    “Kid Tree”

*Inferring:  to make a conclusion based on evidence    Mystery Footprints

*Predicting:  to make an educated guess about what will happen; this is done at the

          beginning of an experiment   Rolling Dice

*Investigating:  to find out as much about something as possible 

*Interpreting Data:  deciding what information means    Snake Graph Sheet

*Making Models:  to construct a likeness or example    Teeth Models

*Controlling Variables:  making sure that only one thing is changed in an experiment

          Bread Mold Experiment


*Be able to tell why it is important to know each of these process skills.  Also, if given a science activity, be able to tell what process skills are used.


*Know what question is answered by each step of the Scientific Method:

1.  What do you want to find out?  PURPOSE

2.  What do you think will happen?  HYPOTHESIS

3.  What do you need to use?  MATERIALS

4.  What will you do to find out?  PROCEDURES

5.  What happened?  RESULTS

6.  What did you learn?  CONCLUSIONS


*Be prepared to explain why it is important to follow the steps in the Scientific Method properly and be able to list them in order.