Science Benchmark 1

Quiz by Kimberly Dendy

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13 questions
• 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
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