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Think About What you Already Know micro-lesson

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The first stage of the scientific process is to think about what you already know. This is important as it can get us thinking about different aspects of the world around us and spark ideas. Usually, we will have a topic in mind such as one we are covering at school. It can be helpful to write down everything we know about that topic. Perhaps using a mind map. Here is an example of everything I know about what plants need to grow. I already know a lot so as a scientist, I can rule out lots of experiments. For example, I do not need to do an experiment to find out if plants need water to grow because I already know they do. By thinking about what we do know, we start to think about what we don't know. This can cause us to ask questions and come up with ideas for experiments, the next stage of the scientific process.

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  • A mind map can help us...

    1) rule out experiments we already know the answer to.
    2) make sure we do experiments we already know the answer to.
    3) find what part of our brain we will use to do the experiment.
    4) it does not help us.
  • What can we use a mind map for during the scientific process?

    1) To write down what we already know.
    2) To find the equipment for our experiment.
    3) To find the location of our experiment.
    4) So we have a map of what our brain looks like.
  • Which of these might be a good reason why a scientist would not to do an experiment?

    1) They already know what will happen so they are not learning anything new.
    2) They don't know what will happen so the results might surprise them.
    3) No one else has done that experiment before.
    4) It involves growing plants.
  • Which of these steps are you most likely to do first when doing an experiment?

    1) Think about what you already know.
    2) Make conclusion.
    3) Share methods.
    4) Share your work.
  • Why is it important to think about what we already know at the start of the scientific process?

    1) It can get us thinking about the world around us and spark ideas.
    2) So we can write a complete lab report.
    3) To make sure we know everything for our exams.
    4) It is not important.

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