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Sea Ice Research

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Sea Ice Research

    Student Journal

    Name_____________________________

    Date______________________________

Worksheet 1.4: Sea Ice Research

    Below, in bold, are the steps of the scientific method. Using the lab, “Which gets Hotter: Light or Dark Surfaces?” as an example, describe which steps/processes of the lab correspond with which parts of the scientific method. Explain, specifically what happened.

Title of Experiment:

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Materials.

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    Observations. These are observations made BEFORE the experiment. These are things that are already known on which an experiment is based. Name some

    observations/examples seen in nature that illustrate differences between light and dark surfaces? Also, observations include knowledge that is already available about the topic i.e. scientific laws or theories that apply to the situation. Identify any previous scientific knowledge that applies to this topic?

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Worksheet 1.4: Sea Ice Research 1

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    Develop a question. What is the question being asked about these observations?

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    Form a Hypothesis. This is a statement or a prediction of what you think is the correct answer to the question. It is based on your observations and previous knowledge of the subject. Write a statement predicting what you think will happen.

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    Design Procedures to test the hypothesis. Briefly describe the procedures used in the lab.

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    Data Collection/Experimentation. Test the hypothesis through experimentation. How and what data was collected?

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    Data Analysis and Interpretation. How was the data analyzed?

Worksheet 1.4: Sea Ice Research 2

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Results/Conclusion. What is your conclusion? Did it

    confirm your hypothesis?

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Re-Evaluate and Modify Hypothesis, when necessary. Return

    to beginning

    Use the space below for your own ideas, thoughts, questions, diagrams, illustrations, etc. regarding this lab or sea ice research.

    What are some reasons that sea ice is important at both the local level and in a global context?

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Worksheet 1.4: Sea Ice Research 3

    Student Journal

    Today, you studied some important features of sea ice. In the next couple classes, you will be working with scientists who are currently researching arctic sea ice. Based on what you have learned so far, what ideas, questions, thoughts, etc. do you have about sea ice? Things to consider are the importance of sea ice… in the arctic ecosystem, in climate mechanisms, regarding climate change, in how it is studied, etc. Write some specific questions you would like to ask about the topics mentioned above or the scientists’ research.

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    Use the space below for other notes or ideas about sea ice and research.

Worksheet 1.4: Sea Ice Research 4

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