5.1 Scientific Investigations

The student will plan and conduct investigations in which
a) rocks, minerals, and organisms are identified using a classification key;
b) estimations of length, mass, and volume are made;
c) appropriate instruments are selected and used for making quantitative observations of length, mass, volume, and elapsed time;
d) accurate measurements are made using basic tools (thermometer, meter stick, balance,
graduated cylinder);
e) data are collected, recorded, and reported using the appropriate graphical representation (graphs, charts, diagrams);
f) predictions are made using patterns, and simple graphical data are extrapolated;
g) manipulated and responding variables are identified; and
h) an understanding of the nature of science is developed and reinforced.

Research Resources:

Video – How Scientific Ideas Lead to Scientific Discovery
Foss Web – Freeform Measuring
FOSS Web – Variables

Henrico 21 Lessons:
The Great Pumpkin
Microscopic Tools Assessment

Design Briefs:
LA2-Hatties B-day Box
M2-3d Shapes
Boat Design