|The Scientific Method|
The second step is drawing from our background knowledge. Sometimes this might require a little research beforehand. For example, if I were to do an experiment involving any type of car part, I would certainly need to do some research before coming up with my hypothesis!
The third step is formulating our hypothesis based on our background knowledge or research. Step four testing our hypothesis. This involves deciding on our ONE variable, and many constants. The kids and I brainstormed why it is so important to only change one variable at a time! Step five is analyzing our data to draw our conclusion, which could include retesting (maybe even many times!) for reliability. Finally, the sixth step is to report our findings. You may not know this, but a standard for our 4th graders is to "communicate valid, oral, and written results supported by data." This is a very important step!