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Basic Science Process Skills

Become a Jr. Scientist.  Use these skills as you experiment!

Observing - using the senses to gather information about an object or event. Your vocabulary for this lesson:  Qualitative Observation (using the senses) and Quantitative Observation (using exact measurement).

BS00764_.wmf (1118 bytes)Example: Describing a pencil as yellow.


Inferring - making an "educated guess" about an object or event based on previously gathered data or information.

j0118079.wmf (20374 bytes)Example: Saying that the person who used a pencil made a lot of mistakes because the eraser was well worn.


Measuring - using both standard and nonstandard measures or estimates to describe the dimensions of an object or event.

BS00761_.wmf (720 bytes)   Example: Using a meter stick to measure the length of a table in centimeters.


Communicating - using words or graphic symbols to describe an action, object or event.

j0283191.gif (12617 bytes)Example: Describing the change in height of a plant over time in writing or through a graph.


Classifying - grouping or ordering objects or events into categories based on properties or criteria.

j0128312.wmf (18540 bytes)Example: Placing all rocks having certain grain size or hardness into one group.


Predicting - stating the outcome of a future event based on a pattern of evidence.

j0230723.wmf (12142 bytes)Example: Predicting the height of a plant in two weeks time based on a graph of its growth during the previous four weeks.

 

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