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Grade 5/6 Science: Inquiry Skills

Introduce vocabulary & concepts related to scientific inquiry
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Troy Davis

on 19 September 2012

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Transcript of Grade 5/6 Science: Inquiry Skills

How Do Scientists Use Inquiry Skills? Inquire means to seek knowledge or information by asking questions! What does it mean to "inquire"? Think about an airplane. What questions might we ask to seek knowledge or information about airplanes? What does a detective do? Once we have our questions, what should we do next? Once a detective or scientist has decided on the questions to ask, she investigates!

Investigate means to search for an answer. When scientists investigate, they search for the answers to their questions. Experiment means "to try". In our lives, we might experiment often with things like new food, new books, or new music. But in science, experiment means a careful investigation of something in nature. An important part of scientific investigations are experiments Let's look at the steps of a scientific investigation! Take a moment to think about what these steps might be. A scientific investigation has 6 basic steps: First, we observe things in nature. Then, we create a prediction or explanation for what we observed. This is known as an hypothesis. Once we have our hypothesis or explanation, we design an experiment to test our hypothesis. During our experiment, we measure or gather information and record it. Then we analyze the information. Finally, we make conclusions about our hypothesis. Is it a good or bad explanation for what we observed? We observe.

We hypothesize.

We experiment.

We measure, gather, and record.

We analyze.

We make conclusions. So when we make a scientific "inquiry" or "investigation" we do the following:
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