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Science Benchmark 1

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  • Q1
    In science, we often gather information with our senses by watching, listening, smelling, and touching. For example, you may record how the color of a flower changes. What is this process called?
    making observations
    stating hypotheses
    performing experiments
    forming conclusions
    30s
  • Q2
    Shelby inferred that a train was approaching rapidly based on the way the noise from the train sounded. Which other skill is Shelby using?
    planning an investigation
    using time/space relationships
    communicating results
    classifying
    30s
  • Q3
    Imagine that a scientist suggests that the size of an insect population depends on the temperature. What observations must this scientist make in order to collect evidence to support his or her hypothesis?
    The scientist must observe the insect population throughout the year.
    The scientist must observe the insect population in different areas.
    The scientist must observe the insect population only in winter.
    The scientist must observe the insect population in the laboratory.
    30s
  • Q4
    Scientists always develop a plan when they try to learn something about our natural world. Which sequence correctly shows the steps scientists follow in their plan?
    make observations → develop an idea → obtain evidence → suggest an explanation
    suggest an explanation → obtain evidence → make observations → develop an idea
    develop an idea → suggest an explanation → obtain evidence → make observations
    obtain evidence → suggest an explanation → develop an idea → make observations
    30s
  • Q5
    Orlando is wondering what he is getting for his birthday. He decides to shake the box that contains his present. Orlando did not realize it, but he was acting like a scientist. What was the first step Orlando took in this situation that a scientist also takes?
    collecting evidence
    asking a question
    developing an explanation
    drawing a conclusion
    30s
  • Q6
    Scientists communicate their results by publishing their work. Why is it important for scientists to do this?
    to learn from each other
    to keep their work secret
    to compete with other scientists
    so the experiments are not repeated
    30s
  • Q7
    Each measuring tool is designed to measure a specific property of an object or material. Which of these tools can be used to measure the volume of a material?
    measuring cup
    thermometer
    balance
    spring scale
    30s
  • Q8
    Which of the following is always an important part of an experiment?
    making a working model
    making drawings of things observed
    observing things in nature
    identifying and controlling variables
    30s
  • Q9
    A science class went on a field trip to study the organisms that live in a stream near the school. Which of these tools would be mostuseful for making observations about the animals living in the stream?
    Scale
    Computer
    Beaker
    Net
    30s
  • Q10
    Which of these is the metric unit for measuring mass?
    millimeter
    pound
    liter
    kilogram
    30s
  • Q11
    Which of the following is not a scientific investigation?
    using a model to test a hypothesis
    performing a controlled experiment
    observing how five caterpillars change into butterflies
    writing a letter about why it's important to protect plants and animals
    30s
  • Q12
    Which of the following would be best done using repeated observation rather than an experiment?
    Determine the average number of times during a week in May that a group of bees visits flowers.
    Determine which type of flower gives out the strongest scent
    Determine whether a bee hive is stronger than a wasp nest.
    Determine whether a diet that includes honey every day will reduce allergies.
    30s
  • Q13
    Scientists usually write reports about their investigations. Why do they do this?
    to classify results
    to perform experimental trials
    to ask questions
    to communicate their work to other scientists
    30s

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