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Equipment Lab
Grab It Reflexes Experiment
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Measurement Choice Work
Liquid Volume Lab
Metric Comparisons
Measuring Skills Game
Experimental Design
Types of Data
Metric Conversion and Types of Data Quiz
Scientific Method Review
Egg Lab
Scientific Inquiry Notes
Quizlet Flash Cards
Skills and Processes Quiz
Density Video


Skills and Processes is all about an understanding of what scientists do as they go about solving problems. Scientists often use a scientific method which is just an organized way of thinking and learning about the world around them.

In this unit we will be learning about scientific inquiry and some of the tools and methods used by scientists. Students should come to realize that science is something that is used by everyone!

Equipment Lab

Do you know the names of all of the cool equipment that scientists use during their investigations? Our first time in the lab will be spent learning about all the cool tools that scientists use.


test tube, Bunsen




Measurement Choice Work
Choice work is when you get the opportunity to make decisions about how you are going to learn.
Here are the guidelines:
  1. choose any combination of activities
  2. Your goal is to complete at least three of the choices
  3. be as creative as you like within the guidelines listed below
  4. turn in activities at any time during the working time period

Click here for the Measurement Choice Work Direction Sheet.

Choice Work Resources

Quick Steps for Metric Conversion
  1. Rewrite the problem
  2. Ask - Does the decimal move left or right?
  3. Count your jumps.
  4. Add your zeroes (placeholders) (if needed)
  5. Move the decimal.
  6. Rewrite the answer.

Liquid Volume Lab (aka - Rainbow Lab)
To develop the skill of measuring liquid volume using a graduated cylinder and metric units

Download it here:

When we measure in Science we will always use the Metric System.

The following slideshow is an overview of the Metric System.

Metric Comparisons Worksheet:

Measuring Skills Game
Test your measuring skills with this online game from Funbrain.

Experimental Design

Types of Data

Scientific Method Review
For a review of the scientific method go to the following site:
The Nature of Inquiry
Click start and then follow the directions to complete the task. Make sure you read the directions!!!
After you have successfully completed the task, close the window and take the Self Test.

Metric Conversion and Types of Data Quiz

Click here to take a quiz about converting metric measurements and the difference between qualitative and quantitative data.

Grab It - Reflexes Experiment
Question - To what extent is there a difference between the reflexes of girls and boys?

Hypothesis - (in the form of an “I think ___ because _ .” statement)

  • meter stick
  • girl and boy
  • data table

  1. Read ALL procedures.
    Copy the data table (found below) to collect your data.
  2. Have the boy and girl hold out their dominant hand as you hold a meter stick up with the lowest numbers closest to the bottom. (use metric)
  3. Your partner should hold their hand out at waist height with the thumb and fingers making the shape of a letter U.
  4. Perform the experiment by dropping the meter stick for your partner and noting where they catch it. Record data. Perform this three times.
  5. Boys should test girls and girls should test boys.
  6. Submit your results here. Submit only the average number for each group member.
  7. Click here to answer some questions about the experiment.

(write your name)
(write your partner's





Questions to consider:
  1. What was the one thing that you changed each time you performed the experiment? This is called the independent variable.
  2. What changed each time you performed the experiment? This is called the dependent variable.
  3. What were some of the things that you kept the same each time you performed the experiment? These are called the controlled variables.
  4. How could we make this experiment more accurate?

Click HERE to check out the Results!

Add the Following Terms to your Skills And Processes Notes:
  • variables
  • independent variable
  • dependent variable
  • controlled variables

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Global Precipitation Measurement

Globe Toss Activity
  • Inflatable beach ball globe
  • Chalk/dry erase board, overhead or large paper and appropriate writing utensil
  • Open space in a room for students to form a circle

  1. Form a circle, leaving a little space between each person.
  2. Toss the beach ball globe around the room and catch it with both hands. It is important that you do not move your hands once you have caught the ball.
  3. Look to see what surface on the globe is under your right thumb, land or water? Use a chart to tally the results as you toss the globe. You can label two sides of a vertical line: landwater
  4. Toss the globe around the room at least 10 times. When you are done, find the average of each side. This will give you the percentage of land and water.
  5. You will find (unless you have a very unusual sample) that about 70% of the tosses result in a water location.

Rain Gauge Lesson Slideshow

Egg Lab

Have you ever observed something and then had a question about why it happened? Perhaps you even had a guess as to why something happened. Once you start asking questions and making predictions, SCIENCE is happening!
In the Egg Lab, students will make observations of a hard boiled egg when they place it in two different liquids. You will start by making a prediction and then making observations. Finally you will begin to develop a plan for testing that prediction.

Notes on Scientific Inquiry
Click here for a fill in the blank copy
Key words
Definitions, facts, examples
Scientific Inquiry
  • Different ways that scientists study the natural world
  • Propose explanations
  • Based on evidence
  • Using your senses to gather data or information
  • To come to a conclusion based on evidence
  • A possible explanation or answer to questions
  • Educated guess
  • Must be testable
    • ask - Can you conduct an experiment?
  • Factors that can change in an experiment
Independent variable
  • The one thing that is changed by you on purpose
  • What is being compared?
Dependent variable
  • The factor that may change in the experiment
    • What happened in the experiment?
    • What was counted or measured?
Controlled Variables
  • controlled variables are things in the experiment that are kept the same
Controlled experiment
  • Experiment when only one variable is changed
  • Steps are taken to keep everything else the same throughout the experiment
Collecting data
  • Tables can be used to collect data
  • Graphs can help organize data to be analyzed
Two types of Data
  • Qualitative - data collected using words to describe something
    • examples - brown, white, big, tall, fast, slow
  • Quantitative - data collected using numbers to describe something
    • examples - 20 ml, 30 km, 18 vultures
  • A summary of what you learned from the experiment
  • Sharing ideas and findings
  • Collaboration
Scientific theory
  • Well tested explanation for a wide range of observations or experimental results
    • Ex. Big Bang Theory
Scientific law
  • Statement of what scientists expect to happen every time
    • Ex. Gravity

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Scientific Method Flashcards- Online flashcards and games
Do you have an iPhone or iPod Touch? Use the Touchcards app to study your Quizlet flash-cards. For the Skills and Processes unit use the code - 1057741 to access the virtual cards.

Skills and Processes Quiz
Take the Skills and Processes Quiz to show your knowledge!

Density Video
Watch this video to see the story of how Archimedes figured out how to calculate the density of an object.