The Scientific Method – Worksheet


Worksheet to accompany the online lesson The Scientific Method.

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the scientific method worksheet



Worksheet Contents

  • This worksheet covers:
  • Making observations
  • Qualitative and quantitative observations
  • Making an inference
  • Formulating a hypothesis
  • Conducting a fair test
  • Dependent and independent variables
  • Control variables
  • Test groups and control groups
  • Accepting or rejecting hypotheses
  • Scientific theories
  • Scientific laws
  • Comparing theories and laws
  • Includes
  • Topic outline.
  • Short-answer questions.
  • Research Activity.
  • Set of 15 flashcards covering key definitions.
  • Teacher version containing complete answers.
  • Aligned to the Australian Year 7 Science curriculum.
  • 13 pages.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this worksheet students will be able to:
  • ☑   Identify the key steps in the scientific method, in the correct order.
  • ☑   Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative observations.
  • ☑   Give examples of qualitative and quantitative observations.
  • ☑   Distinguish between observations, inferences and predictions.
  • ☑   Identify the five senses.
    • ☑   Give examples of qualities that can be observed using each of the senses.
    • ☑   Formulate a hypothesis for an experiment.
    • ☑   Describe the key features of a fair test.
    • ☑   Identify the dependent variable in a fair test.
    • ☑   Identify the independent variable in a fair test.
    • ☑   Identify control variables in a fair test.
    • ☑   Explain why there can be only one independent variable in a fair test.
    • ☑   Explain why control variables need to be kept constant during a fair test.
    • ☑   Identify assumptions made during a fair test.
    • ☑   Discuss how group size and number of repetitions affect the reliability of a fair test.
    • ☑   Distinguish between factual and non-factual statements.
    • ☑   Describe the features of a scientific theory.
    • ☑   Describe the features of a scientific law.
    • ☑   Distinguish between scientific theories and scientific laws.


    This resource is also included in the Year 7 Chemistry PDF Workbook.


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