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Make a Hypothesis micro-lesson

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One important part of the scientific process is to make hypotheses. Making a hypothesis is to predict what you think will happen in an experiment using all the information you already know. The hypothesis should be made before the experiment has started and it should be precise. It is important to think carefully when you make a hypothesis. They should not just be a random guess but should have a scientific theory behind it. For example, if I'm doing an experiment to see if music makes plants grow faster, I may hypothesize that on average, the plants will grow taller when exposed to some music compared to plants that are not. I might think this is because the plants will sense the vibrations which will make them germinate quicker. After you have performed an experiment, you will get to see if your hypothesis is correct.

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  • A hypothesis should be...

    1) specific.
    2) broad.
    3) short.
    4) about plants.
  • Should we just take a random guess when making a hypothesis?

    1) a question they don't know the answer to.
    2) a question they know the answer to.
    3) something they know about plants.
    4) something they know about music.
  • What do we mean by making a hypothesis?

    1) what type of plant I will do my experiment on.
    2) as many plants in the experiment as possible.
    3) a tomato plant in the experiment.
    4) as many words as I can in the question.
  • When do we make a hypothesis?

    1) which it is possible to find an answer to.
    2) which it is not possible to find an answer to.
    3) which always involve chemicals.
    4) which are always easy for everyone to understand.
  • When we make a hypothesis....

    1) Think about a scientific topic, what we already know, and what we don't know.
    2) Copy someone else's question.
    3) Always use the teachers ideas.
    4) We should not come up with our own scientific question.
  • 1) an experiment which had good controls.
    2) a race where someone had their shoelaces tied together.
    3) all races are fair tests.
    4) any experiment.
  • 1) Variables you must keep the same.
    2) All variables.
    3) The variable you will measure.
    4) The variables you will change.
  • 1) The variable you will measure.
    2) Variables you must keep the same.
    3) All variables are dependent variables.
    4) There is no such thing as a dependent variable.
  • 1) The variable you change.
    2) Variables you must keep the same.
    3) All variables are independent variables.
    4) There is no such thing as an independent variable.
  • 1) The amount you water the plants.
    2) Measuring how much the plant grows.
    3) There would be no controls
    4) The independent variable would be a control.
  • 1) precise
    2) 5 words in length
    3) 10 words in length
    4) Correct every time.
  • 1) no
    2) yes
  • 1) Predicting what we think will happen in an experiment.
    2) Making a piece of equipment for an experiment.
    3) Coming up with a research question.
    4) Mixing chemicals for an experiment.
  • 1) Before we do the experiment.
    2) While we are in the middle of the experiment.
    3) After we have done the experiment.
    4) It does not matter when we make the hypothesis.
  • 1) we should used all relevant information we already know.
    2) we should copy what everyone else thinks will happen.
    3) we should ask our teacher what will happen.
    4) we should ask our friends what will happen.

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