The Scientific Method - TeacherPage

The Scientific Method - TeacherPage

(Student Name) Mr. Fischers Science Class Period __ PLANTATION Middle School Abstract An abstract is an abbreviated version of your science fair project final report. The science fair project abstract appears at the beginning of the report as well as on your display board. An abstract should have the following five pieces: Introduction. This is where you describe the purpose for doing your science fair project. Why should anyone care about the work you did? You have to tell them why. Motivate the reader to finish the abstract and read the entire paper or

display board. Problem Statement. Identify the problem you solved or the hypothesis you investigated. Procedures. What was your approach for investigating the problem? Don't go into detail about materials unless they were critical to your success. Do describe the most important variables if you have room. Results. What answer did you obtain? Be specific and use numbers to describe your results. Do not use vague terms like "most" or "some." Conclusions. State what your science fair project contributes to the area you worked in. Did your evidence support your hypothesis? Problem Statement

What is the problem you are testing? Although called a statement, it should be in the form of a question. Example: What is the affect of water temperature on solubility of sugar. Background Information

In order for your hypothesis to be an educated guess, you need to have some background information about the topic. This section is where you put background information the reader will need to know in order to understand your project. For example, if the lab is about solubility and water temperature, the reader needs to know what solubility

is and how temperature might affect it. Hypothesis This is where you put your hypothesis. Your hypothesis is your educate prediction of what your experimental results will be.

Experimental Design Materials List the materials you will need for your lab. Procedures List the procedures to be followed Variables Test Variable: What

variable are you testing? What are you changing? Example: Water temperature Outcome Variable: What do you expect to change as a result? What data are you collecting? Example: Amount of sugar dissolved

Constants: What variables are being held constant so they do not affect the outcome of the experiment? Example: Amount of water, type of water, size of glass Data: Data Analysis (Graph)

Conclusion Your conclusion should follow the claim-evidencereasoning format. That is as follows: Claim: Restate your hypothesis. Evidence: Identify the data that supports the claim. Point to specific data trends shown in your data table and graph. Reasoning: Explain how the data supports (or doesnt support) your hypothesis. Again, refer to specific data trends shown and explain what they mean. Possible Errors: What possible errors affected the outcome of your investigation. This is especially important if your results do not support your hypothesis. Application

Explain how the knowledge obtained by your experiment could be applied in real life. What is a real life connection that would make somebody interested in your research? Project Board Layout Title

Background Procedure s Abstract Variables & Constant s Problem Statement

Data Table Hypothesi s Data Graph Conclusion Application

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