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Scientific Method
(It’s how you conduct an experiment!)
Click here: http://webadventures.rice.edu/stu/Games/MedMyst-Reloaded/_401/Game-Overview.html
You are going to investigate the spread of infectious diseases by using the Scientific Method. This is a
way of testing a theory in a logical way to see if the theory actually works. As you play the game, you
will:
 Learn new vocabulary words and record them here,
 Learn about the steps of the Scientific Method and be able to list them,
 Have a ton of fun! Enjoy, and learn lots!
1) Define and use in a sentence:
hypothesis: _________________________________________________________________
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positive control group: ________________________________________________________
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negative control group: _______________________________________________________
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experimental group: __________________________________________________________
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independent variable: _________________________________________________________
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dependent variable: __________________________________________________________
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What are the steps to forming a hypothesis?
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All done? Answer these questions in words and pictures.
1. How did you find out who had gotten
the rabies virus at the hospital?
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2. How did you test the pig’s brain at the
lab?
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3. How did you test the animals in the
animal research facility?
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So, what is the Scientific Method? Number the steps to show the correct order.
_____ Test your hypothesis using a positive control, a negative control, and an experimental group.
_____ Decide what you want to find out.
_____ Find out if your result supports your hypothesis. If not, you’ll need a new hypothesis and test again!
_____ Be specific and then form a hypothesis about what you think will happen.