Spring Inquiry Assessment #4: Options & Supplies & Project Outline

Potential Topics:

ALL proposals must be approved in advance for safety and ethical review.  

Materials Available:

Other items may be available upon request and availability

Propose an Investigation:

Before beginning your investigation it must be approved by your teacher.  Use the template below to propose, create and analyze your investigation.  (Resources to help write an experiment can be found in the “Writing Experiments in Biology”presentation.)

BACKGROUND

The background should be written in paragraph form and provide information that help explains the purpose of the investigation and what will be conducted.  It should include citations to articles that help explain your topic and provide info about what research has already been conducted about the topic.

 

VARIABLES

Table 1.  Photosynthesis Inquiry Lab Variables

Types of Variables

Variables

Independent Variable (IV): The part of the experiment changed

Dependent Variable (DV):  The part of the experiment that changes as a result of the IV.  

Control Test: What the IV will be compared to in order to know the change was due to your test

Constant Variables: What will remain the same during the experiment that the variables can be compared to

HYPOTHESIS

If (insert planned change in independent variable here), then (predicted change in dependent variable).  The why or because can also be included. 


Insert hypothesis here

PROCEDURE

Create a numbered, step by step list that clearly explains how data will be collected; the procedure should be detailed enough that any other classmate could read the procedure and re-do the experiment exactly as done in the investigation.

DATA COLLECTION & ANALYSIS

Create a table that has a numbered title and shows the summarized data.

Insert Graph Below of Class Data (Resources to help create a graph)

   

 

CONCLUSION & EVALUATION:

Use the class data to create a conclusion, using data to support your answers and conclusions. 

PRESENTATION:

After completing the inquiry investigation, you will create a present that includes all of the components previously completed (most of which can just be copied and pasted) and present to classmates.

ASSESSMENT

Exceeds (4)

Meets (3)

Nearly Meets (2)

Beginning(1)

Inquiry Standard 1: Planning & Evaluation

Hypothesis & Variables:

❑  Hypothesis clearly articulates the expectations of the experiment and question

❑  Several appropriate constants listed.

Evaluation:

❑  Explains limitations, errors, or weaknesses of experiment and suggests improvement

❑  Applies related concepts to topics in the news, scientific community, or your life.

❑  At least one credible, external citation used (MLA format)  to cite specific examples topic relates to.

Hypothesis & Variables:

❑  States testable hypothesis

❑  Lists IV, DV & Control

❑  States at least two appropriate constant

Evaluation:

❑  States an explanation, with justification, based on analysis of the data

❑  Links findings to original question or hypothesis

States appropriate data to support the explanation,

Hypothesis & Variables:

⠂Incorrectly identifies IV, DV and or Control

⠂ States less than two  appropriate constant

Procedure & Background:

⠂Procedure that is not  repeatable and/or clear

Evaluation:

⠂States an explanation that does not include justification using data

⠂Limited connection of findings to original question or hypothesis

Hypothesis & Variables:

⠂ Does not state a  testable question and/or  hypothesis

Incorrectly identifies or does not include an  IV, DV and or Control states less than 2 appropriate constant

Procedure & Background:

⠂Procedure that is not  repeatable and/or clear

⠂Procedure does not have numbered steps

⠂No background or has no connection to lab

Evaluation:

⠂States no explanation or justification

⠂No connection of findings to original question

Exceeds (4)

Meets (3)

Nearly Meets (2)

Beginning(1)

Inquiry Standard 2: Data Analysis & Technology

Data Analysis:

❑   Calculations are used when appropriate (mode, average, error or uncertainties)

❑   Raw data table includes title, units and calculations

❑   Type of graph clearly illustrates data trends for analyzed data and includes units

Data Analysis:

❑   Type of graph is appropriate for analyzed data

❑   Labeling of graph is correct (axis, units, and title)

Technology:

❑   Process data and report results using technology (Google Docs, Excel, and web application)

❑   Apply a variety of digital tools to gather and evaluate information.

Data Analysis:

⠂Raw data table does not  include title, units or raw data

⠂Type of graph is not appropriate for analyzed data

⠂Labeling of graph is not correct (axis, units, and title)

Technology:

⠂Uses tools for data processing  or research evaluation inaccurately or inappropriately.

⠂Use of technological resources requires significant assistance.

Data Analysis:

⠂Raw data table is illegible or not present

⠂Type of graph is not appropriate for analyzed data or not present

⠂Labeling of graph is not correct (axis, units, and title)

Technology:

⠂Does not use tools for data or research inaccurately or inappropriately.