Investigating - Finding Answers
If you planted a pencil in the ground do you think that it would grow?

Investigating - Finding Answers

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 Science for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with simple methods used to investigate and answer questions.

Scientists ask lots of questions. But then they have to investigate and try to find ways, or methods, of answering these questions. How would you go about answering questions in science? What method would you use? How would you measure it? How would you count it? This quiz looks into ways of investigating and finding answers in science.

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  1. Ayisha wants to answer this question: ‘Do plants grow better in pink plant pots than brown plant pots?’ What should Ayisha do?
    That makes it a fair test
  2. Tanya has had a cold. She wants to answer this question: ‘Which type of tissue is most absorbent?’ What should she do?
    A sponge is absorbent. It soaks up water
  3. Bella wants to know: ‘Are pencils alive?’ What should she do?
    Pencils are made of wood. Pencils only ever get shorter!
  4. Marco wants to know what most spoons are made from. He is going to count the number of metal, wood and plastic spoons. Where should he look?
    The more places he can look, the better
  5. Ella is investigating this question: ‘What is the best material for a bookshelf?’

    What should she look for?
    Which material are bookshelves usually made from?
  6. Colours fade in the light. Lara wants to answer this question: ‘Which colour fades quickest in sunlight?’

    What should she do?
    Testing 4 different colours is better than just 2
  7. Sam has decided to investigate: ‘Which is the stretchiest modelling clay?’

    Sam has 6 different modelling clays. They are all the same length to start with. He pulls them all with the same force.

    What does Sam need to measure now?
    What does Sam use to measure their length?
  8. Sarah wants to find the answer to this question: ‘How deep should I plant bean seeds?’

    Sarah plants some bean seeds all at different depths in the soil.

    How will she know which has grown best?
    The first bean to come up might not grow the tallest
  9. Alex wants to find out how the weather changes through the year. What should she do?
    What will Alex record in her weather diary?
  10. Tom wants to find out where snails like to live. What should he do?
    The more places you look, the better your results

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