Scientific Method Level 4th Grade Quiz

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  • 1. 

     What is the first thing scientists do?

    • A.

      Experiment

    • B.

      Observe and ask questions

    • C.

      Conclude

    • D.

      Report to others

    Correct Answer
    B. Observe and ask questions
    Explanation
    Scientists typically begin their research process by observing and asking questions. This involves carefully observing natural phenomena or conducting experiments to gather data and information. By asking questions, scientists aim to understand the underlying principles and mechanisms behind the observed phenomena. This initial step allows scientists to form hypotheses and design experiments to further investigate and test their ideas. Therefore, observing and asking questions is an essential first step in the scientific method, enabling scientists to develop a deeper understanding of the world around us.

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  • 2. 

    When scientists make an educated guest this is called ________

    • A.

      Hypothesis

    • B.

      Guess

    • C.

      Estimation

    • D.

      Conclusion

    Correct Answer
    A. Hypothesis
    Explanation
    When scientists make an educated guess, it is called a hypothesis. A hypothesis is a proposed explanation or prediction based on prior knowledge and observations. It is a starting point for scientific investigations and experiments, which can be tested and either supported or disproven through evidence and further research. Hypotheses are essential in the scientific method as they provide a framework for designing experiments and analyzing data.

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  • 3. 

    Once a scientist has decided on a question he or she wants to ask, then he or she needs to.....?

    • A.

      Get started on the experiment right away

    • B.

      Ask more questions

    • C.

      Research their topic in order to find out what others know

    • D.

      Collect data

    Correct Answer
    C. Research their topic in order to find out what others know
    Explanation
    After deciding on a question, a scientist needs to research their topic in order to find out what others know. This step is important as it allows the scientist to gain an understanding of the existing knowledge and findings related to their question. By reviewing previous research and studies, the scientist can identify any gaps in knowledge and determine the best approach for their own experiment. This research also helps in formulating hypotheses and designing the experiment effectively.

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  • 4. 

    When a scientist is working on an experiment they need to have a control group and an ___________________ group?

    • A.

      Fun

    • B.

      Growing

    • C.

      Experimental

    • D.

      Large

    Correct Answer
    C. Experimental
    Explanation
    When a scientist is working on an experiment, they need to have a control group and an experimental group. The control group serves as the baseline or comparison group, where no changes or interventions are made. On the other hand, the experimental group is exposed to the variable or intervention being tested. By comparing the results of the control group with the experimental group, scientists can determine the effect of the variable being studied.

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  • 5. 

    Scientist organize the data they find in a.....?

    • A.

      Data Collection Table or Graph

    • B.

      On a paper

    • C.

      Right it on the back of their hands

    • D.

      Have their friends organize it

    Correct Answer
    A. Data Collection Table or Graph
    Explanation
    Scientists organize the data they find in a data collection table or graph. This allows them to visually represent and analyze the information they have gathered in a structured and systematic manner. By organizing the data in this way, scientists can easily identify patterns, trends, and relationships, which can help them draw meaningful conclusions and make informed decisions based on the data.

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  • 6. 

    When a scientist decides whether or not his/her hypothesis is true or false and can explain the reasoning this is called

    • A.

      The end

    • B.

      Do it again

    • C.

      Description

    • D.

      Drawing a conclusion

    Correct Answer
    D. Drawing a conclusion
    Explanation
    Drawing a conclusion refers to the process of making a decision or judgment based on the evidence and reasoning presented. In scientific research, after conducting experiments or gathering data, scientists analyze the results to determine whether their hypothesis is supported or refuted. They examine the evidence, consider alternative explanations, and use logical reasoning to draw a conclusion. This step is crucial in the scientific method as it helps to validate or reject the initial hypothesis and contributes to the overall understanding of the research question.

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  • 7. 

    Would a scientist want to test more than one item (variable) at a time?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    A scientist would not want to test more than one item (variable) at a time because it would make it difficult to determine the specific effect of each variable on the outcome of the experiment. Testing multiple variables simultaneously would create confusion and make it challenging to establish causation. By testing one variable at a time, scientists can accurately measure and analyze the impact of each variable, ensuring reliable and accurate results.

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  • 8. 

    A scientist uses a control group because?

    • A.

      So the data from the experimental group can be compared to the data in a control group

    • B.

      So that they can test again and again

    • C.

      So that they can make more than one hypothesis

    • D.

      So that can have others test the experiment

    Correct Answer
    A. So the data from the experimental group can be compared to the data in a control group
    Explanation
    A scientist uses a control group because it allows them to compare the data from the experimental group to a baseline or reference group. By having a control group that is not exposed to the experimental treatment, the scientist can determine whether any observed effects are due to the treatment or other factors. This comparison helps to establish the cause-and-effect relationship between the independent variable (treatment) and the dependent variable (outcome) being measured.

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  • 9. 

    Should you use people's opinions, or personal beliefs to help you find the answer to a scientific problem?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    In scientific research, it is important to rely on empirical evidence and objective data rather than personal opinions or beliefs. This is because scientific problems require systematic observation, experimentation, and analysis to arrive at reliable conclusions. Personal opinions and beliefs can be biased and subjective, leading to inaccurate or unreliable results. Therefore, it is best to base scientific answers on objective evidence rather than personal perspectives.

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  • 10. 

    What does it take to be a scientist?

    • A.

      A goof ball

    • B.

      Being practical

    • C.

      Common sense

    • D.

      To be curious and to like to find answers to problems

    Correct Answer
    D. To be curious and to like to find answers to problems
    Explanation
    To be a scientist, one needs to possess curiosity and a desire to find answers to problems. This is because scientists are driven by the need to explore and understand the world around them. They are constantly asking questions and seeking solutions through research and experimentation. Without curiosity and a passion for problem-solving, one cannot truly embody the spirit of a scientist.

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