FOR TEACHERS: You might like a printable
PDF version of this page for your class.
Students place small squares of paper in appropriate
boxes to help sort out their ideas. Read
ONE - our ideas; a collection of possibilities:-
I want to find out about the effect of
_____________________ on _____________________
Things (conditions or variables)
we can change in our experiment are:
Things (data) we can measure and
record during our experiment are:
TWO - sorting our ideas; writing a draft plan:-
The one condition (variable) we
will change is:
The one thing we will measure or
All these other conditions we will
keep the same:
THREE - writing the final plan for our experiment:-
We want to find out what things influence
the way that __________________. In our test we will
change only one condition at a time; in this case the
________________ and try to compare this to a normal
So we will have to keep these other conditions
(variables) the same:
1. ____________________ 2. _______________
We think that if we increase the________________,
the measurements we record of the_______________ will
_______________ (choose one: increase / decrease
/ stay the same).
What did I learn? I found out that _______________________________.
I would like to know more about ____________________.
I am good at ________________.
I need help with _______________.
Sorcerers (Scientists) Apprentice
Scientists think of new ideas to explain
what happens around us. The idea is called a hypothesis.
A scientist will think "If I am right I can guess what
will happen in the future". This is called making a
prediction. A good scientist will always try to test
their hypothesis to see if it matches the prediction.
The test must be done carefully so that
it is fair and honest. At the end of the test the scientists
thinks "What did the test show me?". This is called
forming a conclusion. Last of all, but most importantly,
a scientists asks "Do I need to change my ideas?"
Answer these questions...