Science Experiment Graphic Organizer

Name: _______________

Science Quest Project

The Scientific Method:

  1. Make an Observation
  2. Ask a Question
  3. Make a Hypothesis
  4. Design an Experiment/Investigation
  5. Conduct the Experiment and Collect Data
  6. Make a Conclusion

1   MAKE AN OBSERVATION

Find something that you have observed that you cannot explain. Discuss it with your partner, and record it below.

I notice that  Example:I notice that people often say, “Put cold water on it” when I have a stain on my shirt.

2   ASK A QUESTION

Turn your observation into a question that you think you can answer with an experiment. Be sure to avoid questions you cannot test, like “Why do stars explode?”

  Example:Is cold water better at getting stains out than hot water?

3  MAKE A HYPOTHESIS

To make a hypothesis is to predict what will happen or explain how something happens.

  Example:I think it depends on what kind of stain it is, but cold water will not get stains out more than hot water.

 

 

 

 

 4  DESIGN AN EXPERIMENT/INVESTIGATION

Now you are going to plan how you will answer your question! Write out a plan for your experiment in the box below. You can include drawings if it helps. Remember that someone else should be able to use your directions to copy your experiment EXACTLY . Make sure you are only testing for one variable.  In the experiment below, I am testing for water temperature on different kinds of stains.

My experiment plan is  Example:My experiment plan is:

  1. 1.      Get an old, white T-shirt
  2. 2.      Using a teaspoon, create two spots of each of the following things:  grape juice, ketchup, and bright yellow mustard
  3. 3.      Make sure the stains are at least 6 inches apart and about the same size
  4. 4.      With a marker, label one side “Hot Water” and label the other side “Cold Water”
  5. 5.      Put about two tablespoons of hot water on each stain on the “Hot Water” side
  6. 6.      Put about two tablespoons of cold water on each stain on the “Cole Water” side
  7. 7.      Let the water dry
  8. 8.      Examine the stains and collect data
  9. 9.      Put the shirt in the laundry
  10. 10.  Examine the shirt after the laundry
  11. Take notes in table

This experiment plan will be shown to your teacher in class.

List Materials

List all the materials you will need. Be as detailed as you can! Finally, work with your partner to write who will bring each item. Write a name next to each item, even the small ones like pencils!

We will need Example:We will need:

Old, white T-shirt – Aggie

Sharpie Marker-Aggie

Grape Juice-Bertie

Yellow Mustard-Bertie

Ketchup-Aggie

Laundry soap-Bertie

Washing machine-Aggie

Teaspoons-Bertie

Paper and pencil to record-Aggie

Plan Experiment Time

Talk with your partner and arrange a time, date and place to meet and conduct your experiment. Be sure to clear it with family members or after school coordinators!

We will meet at Example:We will meet at 4:00 p.m. on May 7th
at Aggie’s house.  Bertie’s dad will pick him up at 7:00. 

Create a Data Collection Table

You will need to collect data from your experiment.  Design a table to collect data as it becomes available.  If I were to make a table for the experiment I designed above, it might look like this:

Cold Water Before Wash Cold Water After Wash Hot Water Before  Wash Hot Water After Wash
Grape Juice Stain  
Ketchup Stain  
Yellow Mustard Stain  

5   CONDUCT EXPERIMENT and COLLECT DATA

Using your experiment design, conduct your experiment and collect data in the table you created.   Take photos if possible before, during, and after the experiment.  You can use these pictures for your presentation.

6   ANALYZE DATA and PRESENT

Describe what you learned from your experiment.  Explain how the data helped you to come to this conclusion. 

Take pictures of your experiment.  Design a three sided board (use a box from the recycle bin).

On the board, please show how you followed the scientific method.  Make a section for each of the SIX steps of

the scientific method.   Here’s an example:

Observation

People say to put cold water on stains.

Question

Does cold water work better than hot water?

Hypothesis

I think cold water will work for some stains, but hot water will work better for other stains

 

Experiment Procedure

  • Use pictures here and describe
  • Write out the procedure with numbered steps like the example above

 

DataPaste your data sheet here

Conclusion

We learned that ? water cleans better on mustard, but not on grape juice or ketchup

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