Ch 1: ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8: Scientific Inquiry

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The Scientific Inquiry chapter of this ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8 Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with scientific inquiry. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Scientific Inquiry textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in the ScienceSaurus Scientific Inquiry chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the scientific inquiry topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • What science is
  • Scientific investigation steps
  • How scientific models can help decision making
  • How scientific law and theory differ
  • Qualities of good sources
  • How to interpret charts and graphs
  • Experimental analysis factors

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11 Lessons in Chapter 1: ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8: Scientific Inquiry
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The Nature of Science

1. The Nature of Science

This lesson will explore the basic nature of science. It will distinguish science from pseudoscience and hypothesis from theory and natural law; it will give plenty of examples of each.

What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

2. What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

Scientific investigation is the way in which scientists and researchers use a systematic approach to answer questions about the world around us. Read on to find out more. A quiz is provided to test your understanding.

How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning

3. How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning

Scientific observations are a major component of the scientific process because they lead scientists to ask questions about the world around them. These questions may then be refined with continued observation, or they may be tested through experimentation.

Applying the Scientific Model to the Decision-Making Process

4. Applying the Scientific Model to the Decision-Making Process

You've conducted the research and compiled it all together. Now what? What good is 300 pages of research if it is too complex to convey? You can turn it into a model and teach others, but be wary of the pitfalls.

Hypothesis, Theory & Law in Science

5. Hypothesis, Theory & Law in Science

In this lesson, learn how to define hypothesis, theory, and law in science. Then, discover the ways that these ideas are related to each other and how they help us to explain the universe around us.

Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

6. Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

This video describes how to create a hypothesis and includes the three main things needed to create a strong hypothesis. You'll learn how to make a clear statement that can be both tested and measured.

Scientific Sources: Accuracy, Reliability & Validity

7. Scientific Sources: Accuracy, Reliability & Validity

It's important to use other sources to support your work, but what's even more important is to use the right ones. Sources should be valid, reliable, and accurate, but it's not always easy to tell which ones meet these criteria.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

8. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.

Drawing Logical Conclusions from Experimental Data

9. Drawing Logical Conclusions from Experimental Data

Experimental results are what scientists like to share with each other, but it's important to understand what those data mean. We do this in the final step of the experimental process, when we draw meaningful conclusions from the results we obtained.

Analyzing & Interpreting the Results of Randomized Experiments

10. Analyzing & Interpreting the Results of Randomized Experiments

Analyzing and interpreting the results of an experiment can be a confusing process, and it's easy to make mistakes. This lesson will help you understand the important factors of experiment analysis.

Scientific Investigations: Keeping Records & Communicating Results

11. Scientific Investigations: Keeping Records & Communicating Results

Science is all about doing investigations. Learn the importance of a scientist keeping good records, and the ways the scientist communicate the results from those records.

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