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Scientific Thinking (Grade 1)

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Scientific Thinking

Scientists observe, compare, and classify to find out more about the world.
  1. True
  2. False
Models show you how something works or shows its parts.
  1. True
  2. False
If I see that the ground is wet and that there are very dark clouds in the sky, I can infer that it rained.
  1. True
  2. False
When you analyze the data, you are done with the experiment.
  1. True
  2. False
One pot has sand. One pot has soil. You put 3 cups of water in each. More water comes out of the pot with sand. What should you record?
  1. Soil holds more water than sand.
  2. Sand hold more water than soil.
  3. Sand and soil hold the same amount of water.
Which inquiry skill helps you find the size of an object?
  1. predict
  2. observe
  3. compare
  4. measure
You have a feather and a brick. To learn if weight affects how fast objects fall, what can you ask?
  1. Do soft or hard objects fall faster?
  2. Do light or heavy objects fall faster?
  3. Do large or small objects fall faster?
What helps you to make good observations?
  1. your parents
  2. your senses
  3. your research
  4. your question
Which is true about an hypothesis?
  1. You can test it.
  2. It must be correct.
  3. You make it after a test.
"Where do plants grow best?" is an example of which step in the scientific method process?
  1. Identifying the problem/question
  2. Performing an experiment
  3. Forming a hypothesis
  4. Communicating the results
A student wants to know types of clouds in the sky during different types of weather. Which investigation should the student complete to answer the question?
  1. Observe the clouds in the sky during rainy, sunny, and snowy weather.
  2. Observe the clouds in the sky during three days of sunny weather.
  3. Observe the clouds in the sky during a rainstorm.
  4. Observe the clouds in the sky during two days of snowy weather
A scientist made a prediction saying that he thought the tennis ball would bounce higher than a basketball. What scientific skill did he use?
  1. Conclusion
  2. Question
  3. Hypothesis
  4. Observation
Two scientists were working together sorting rocks they had collected. What scientific skill were the scientists using?
  1. observing
  2. modeling
  3. classifying
  4. predicting
A scientist wanted to show other scientist about the new volcano he discovered. He couldn't get everyone to the volcano site so he decided to create one himself to show them. What scientist skill did he use?
  1. Observation
  2. Predicting
  3. Modeling
  4. Inferring
A scientist was conducting an experiment and noticed that when he mixed two substances together an unusual odor occurred. What scientific skill did the scientist use?
  1. prediction
  2. observing
  3. modeling
  4. classifying
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