Communicating Results
The thicker the insulating material, the longer it takes ice cream to melt.

Communicating Results

This KS2 Science quiz, Communicating Results, is all about the conclusions we can reach after conducting an experiment, and the different ways of sharing our findings.

Communicating results is about sharing discoveries. Scientists are often imagined as working day and night in lonely laboratories - investigating and observing and measuring. But that is only part of a scientist's work. What would happen if scientists never told anyone about their findings? One of the most important parts of an investigation is the end, where you display your results and tell everyone what you've discovered. There are many ways you can do this - bar charts, graphs, tables etc. You just have to choose the best one.

Try this Communicating Results quiz to see if you know how to go about sharing your findings.

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  1. Fill in the gaps in this sentence:
    The _______ the insulating material, the ______ it takes ice cream to melt.
    The thicker the insulating material, the longer it takes ice cream to melt
  2. In an investigation, what are 'results'?
    Things you see, like a change in colour, and things you can measure, like an increase in temperature, are results
  3. The time taken to melt ice cubes wrapped in different insulating materials has been measured and these measurements recorded. How could these measurements be displayed in a bar chart?
    In order to make sure the test would be fair, the ice cubes would all have to be the same size at the beginning
  4. Fill in the gaps in this sentence:
    The _____ the temperature of the water, the ____ sugar it dissolves.
    The lower the temperature of the water, the less sugar it dissolves
  5. How should your measurements be recorded?
    Using a table helps you to record your results accurately. Scraps of paper are not very reliable and you might forget what each number means or which measurement it is
  6. The strength of different magnets could be tested by counting how many paper clips they could hold. If you were creating a bar chart to display the results, how might you label it?
    Time and distance were not a part of this test!
  7. Which of the following would be a suitable conclusion to an investigation?
    Conclusions use words like 'shorter', 'colder', 'lower', 'louder', etc. They will also show the relationship between the variable you changed and the variable you measured
  8. Which of the following would be a suitable conclusion to an investigation?
    It's important to use scientific language in your conclusion
  9. How should recorded results be displayed?
    Different graphs and charts might be better suited to different types of results
  10. Which of the following would be a good title for a bar chart describing the strength of different magnets by counting how many paper clips they could hold?
    It is the strength of the magnets that is being tested

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