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A Framework for

Carrying
Out
A Science
INVESTIGATIO
N

Adapted from ideas presented by: Goldsworthy, Feasey,


INVESTIGATION GUIDE

Brainstorm ideas using chart 1


Write your ideas onto ‘Post Its’
and place on the squares

Using chart 2, select one variable to


Investigate, one to measure and identify the
other variables you wish to control

Use chart 3 to clarify your question

Complete chart 4 for your predictions

Plan your investigation using chart 5

Record results onto chart 6,


Graph on chart 7 if appropriate

Record the patterns in your results on chart 8

Share your findings


Chart 1 Brainstorm
Things I could
change:

? ? ? ?
? ? ? ?
Things I could
measure:
Chart 2
?
ChartChart
4 3

Choosing
Asking Variables
Predictions
a Question
What might happen when
I we
will change:
When I change: ?
(the type of change you want to perform, e.g. increase, shorten,
I will measure: etc.)

? ?? ? ?
the ? We
(the thing we are

? will?happen? to: ?
changing)

Things
think I will keep the
What
same:
? (the thing we are
measuring)
(predicted effect of the
change)

the will

because (offer an explanation for the predicted change)


Chart 5

The Plan
The Method

List the equipment you require to carry out the


investigation

Write down the steps you are going to take to


perform the investigation
Chart 6

Table of Results
What I changed
What I measured
?
Chart 7

Graphing

What I
Measured

(Data you found


out during the
investigation)

What I changed

?
(The variable you are investigating)
Graphs are not always the best way to display results. You will
have to make a decision about what is appropriate for the data
you have collected.
Chart 8

Finding Patterns
in the Results

When I changed ?

the

because

Questions I have for further


investigations…
REPORTING
NOTES
REPORTING
NOTES