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Background Research Plan Worksheet
What is the question you are going try to answer with an experiment?
List the keywords and phrases from your question and the topic in general. (Hint: Use an encyclopedia to help you)
__________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________
Now use your keywords to build some questions to guide your background research. Develop at least two or three from each “question
word.” Don’t worry about whether you already know the answer to the question—you’ll find the answers when you do your background
research. And don’t forget to “network” with knowledgeable adults who can help guide you toward good materials!
Possible Questions (you can think of others)
Substitute your keywords (or variations of your keywords) for the blanks in
the previous column. Write down the relevant questions and use them to
guide your background research.
Why does ____ happen?
Why does ____ ____?
How does ____happen?
How does ____ work?
How does ____ detect ____?
How does one measure ____?
How do we use _____?
Who needs _____?
Who discovered _____?
Who invented _____?
What causes _____ to increase/decrease?
What is _____ made of?
What are the characteristics of ____?
What is the relationship between ____ and
What do we use _____ for?
When does _____ cause _____?
When was _____ discovered?
Where does _____ occur?
Where does _____ get used?
To analyze the results from experiments you might need to know some key formulas or equations. Think about your own experiment and write
down any step or task that requires a formula or equation. Don’t worry about whether you already know what the formula or equation is—you’ll
find the actual equation when you do your background research.
List steps or tasks that may require a formula or equation:
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