An Inquiry Summary learning strategy is used to make conclusions and summarize various aspects of an inquiry, including the testable question, predictions/hypotheses, observations and data, conclusions, and discussion.
This YouTube video, by a teacher, explains the purpose of a hypothesis and how to construct one.
This YouTube video, from It’s Okay to Be Smart (PBS), explains the difference between the terms fact, theory, hypothesis and law in science.
This YouTube video, from teacher Courtney Mann, has information about creating well-defined, testable questions.
This YouTube video, from Simple Science by Mark Drollinger, shows how controlled experiments are done using an example with plants.
This YouTube video, by Region 10 ESC, explains the difference between accuracy and precision..
In order to get the most reliable results in a scientific inquiry, it is important to be both precise and accurate in the collection of data.
Bias and errors can result in inaccurate results from an experimental inquiry.
An experimental inquiry typically has three main types of variables: an independent variable, a dependent variable and controlled variables.
When scientists have questions, they may perform tests or experimental inquiries to try to find the answers.
Even a well-planned experimental inquiry can include variability and errors beyond the experimenter’s control.
Before conducting the inquiry through testing and observation, students need to develop a scientific hypothesis.
Enabling students to design and carry out experimental inquiries is an important aspect of learning about scientific processes.