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What is the best question for a science experiment?

I need some ideas on asking science experiment questions for my 6 grade students.
In Topics: Science fair
> 60 days ago

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lravidlearner
lravidlearner , Teacher, Parent writes:
My experience is that the types of questions you ask students about an experiment are very dependent on the experiment.  Usually, I've asked them what would happen if they changed one of the variables in the experiment.  They hypothesize, then test their hypothesis by changing the variable (e.g, expose a plant to 8 hours of sun a day vs. 2, use oil instead of water with food coloring mixture, etc.).

Science Buddies has a catalog of science experiments.  Many of the experiments are very detailed and include a list of questions that kids can answer as they research and conduct an experiment.  You may find some ideas there.  They also have a teacher resource section that may help you:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas.shtml?From=Tab


Science Bob also has a list of experiments, many with questions that turn a demonstration into an experiment:

http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/index.php

More resources for science projects and experiments are listed on LearningReviews.com:

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi Anaiz,

Another resource I'd suggest you peruse is this Education.com info center related to helping children with science fair projects:  http://www.education.com/topic/help-child-with-science-fair-projects/

One article in particular I would recommend is: "Understanding the Scientific Method":

http://www.education.com/reference/article/understanding-scientific-method/

This article gives a step-by-step of the method in a very clear way that will help you and your students in crafting hypothesis questions or statements for science experiments.

You'll also find 6th-grade level science activities that include potential hypothesis questions in this section of Education.com:
http://www.education.com/activity/middle-school/science/

More ideas are here:
http://www.education.com/topic/great-science-fair-project-ideas/
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jackie123
jackie123 writes:
I am not a teacher but a mom and I find that it is easiest is to find the experiment then ask the questions. When my kids and I are trying to figure out what they will do for their science experiment, we find the experiment first then ask what does this prove.

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moijteach
moijteach writes:
I ask my students to think of things they are interested in already.  Then  they try to find something they observe and question.  It seems like they have more fun than copying something somebody else did.  This also has the advantage that the students are thinking through the scientific method for themselves instead of copying another person's reasoning.

I have had a 9th grade hockey player test if the sides of the rink give the angles geometry predicts before and after a game.  A fourth grader tested her horse to determine which part of its anatomy grew the most bacteria.  One of my 6th grade students poked holes in different outdoor hoses to determine if the distance between the holes affected the height of the water more than the width affected the height of the water.  All the students had a blast and had to think fairly hard about how to control the variables in order to get an accurate conclusion.
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jeffreyevers
jeffreyevers writes:
Hello friend, in my view the best question for a science experiment is that, is it possible to use water instead of petrol in Vehicles?
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ggavin
ggavin writes:
just enjoy the fun
38 days ago

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ggavin
ggavin writes:
just go with what you want to
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ggavin
ggavin writes:
hey aniaz im a math and science dont let the kids choose thier partners you do it for them
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Emma#123
Emma#123 writes:
Well one scientific question I made up was " what happens if you plant three plants and you put one in hot air and one in cold and one in regular air temperature, what would be the results of the plants after the experiment?
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