SETTING UP YOUR EXPERIMENT:
SAMPLE COMPLETED FORM BASED ON DIRTY A SOCK.
1. What do (did) you observe?
dirt and mud being collected on the socks/boots
2. What are you asking about
what you observe(d)?
seeds we collected with our socks/boots grow when we plant them?
3. Idea (hypothesis) you are
testing: What is your idea about an answer for your question?
we collected will grow if they have a dormant period (have been
frozen and thawed).
The Hypothesis is an educated
guess based on background knowledge.
the frozen seeds will grow because they will have a dormant/inactive
||(must have a reason)
4. a. What variable will you
change in your experiment?
and thawing: temperature
b. What will remain constant
in your experiment?
5. Make a sketch of the set-up
for your experiment. Label all materials and state all conditions.
List the materials you need.
plastic food wrap
in watering can, used to keep soil moist for seed germination
and growth. We measure it each time we put it in the watering
container with soil and planted sock. The sock was used to collect
wild seeds. The planting container is covered with clear plastic
wrap to hold in moisture.
container has been set up with another sock. It is labeled SOCK
B. SOCK B was put in a freezer on the day it was planted and
removed periodically. On the 8th day after planting, it was
left outside the freezer.
6. During the experiment (Procedure):
a. What specific things will
and growth of the collected seeds
b. What measurements will
c. What plan do you have
for recording your data? (Data may be reported using various methods
such as pictures, words, charts and graphs)
of number of plants recorded daily
Chart of plant height
7. Sketch a sample data table
for your experiment.
Do the results of the experiment support your idea (hypothesis)?
Did you answer the question? Conclusions: Too
soon to know.
(correct or incorrect)
relating to hypothesis)
9. Was this a FAIR TEST? (did
only one thing get tested at a time?) Why or why not?
(What, if anything, would you change to make your results more valid?)
10. Can you repeat this experiment
at least 3X? Why or why not?