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Designing Scientific Experiments - Book 1

An essential student guide to understanding, designing and running experiments in the science classroom

Book 1 lays the foundations for productive experimental work by budding scientists. It begins with simple activities that build students' understanding and appreciation of the scientific method. Differentiated worksheets then familiarize them with the key aspects of a well-designed experiment from the aim and equipment through to the conclusion. Drawing on all these components together, this book concludes with an exciting selection of experimental ideas and templates that students can apply to experiments of their own in the classroom.

Ages: 12-15 | Pages: 56 | Code: 5796 | ISBN: 9781927251058

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Julia Burton

Through her study at Otago University,New Zealand, Julia Burton gained a BSc with a major in chemistry and a BA with a major in English. She then gained her Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) from Teachers’ College at Victoria University. She taught science and chemistry at Upper Hutt College and is now taking a break to look after her children.


1 What is the scientific method?5
Cloze activity5
Word search6
2 Features of a well-designed experiment7
Introducing variables8
Expanding on variables9
The hypothesis and prediction11
The hypothesis and scientific reasoning12
Writing a complete hypothesis13
Equipment lists14
Introducing the method15
Writing a method16
Averaging results17
Recording results – floating eggs18
Drawing bar graphs19
Drawing line graphs20
Interpreting graphs21
Graphs with multiple data sets22
Recording results – patterns and shapes23
Writing a conclusion25
From graph to conclusion26
From experiment to conclusion27
Writing a discussion28
From experiment to discussion29
3 Conducting experiments in the classroom30
Not just one colour30
Make your own lava lamp31
Make a needle compass32
The unpoppable balloon33
Does adding sugar or salt to water affect water evaporation?34
Designing an experiment 1: Melt ice cubes on different surfaces35
Designing an experiment 2: Investigate parachute materials38
Designing an experiment 3: Splatter vs height41
Designing an experiment 4: Fruit and vegetable batteries44
Designing an experiment 5: Reacting mints with soft drink47
Suggested answers50