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COMIC-E



COMIC-E
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.66

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    hypothesize, mnemonic, classification, observation, unchanged, original, hypothesis, communication, measurement, classify, based, writing, series, design, therefore, identify
     content words:    Science Market


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COMIC-E
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     So, you want to think like a scientist? Well, you can't buy scientific thinking at the "Science Market." In fact, everyone has the ability to think like scientists. All it takes is practice and the COMIC-E. What is the COMIC-E? It is a mnemonic device for the seven science process skills we use when we take on the role of scientists. These skills are classifying, observing, measuring, inferring and predicting, communicating, and experimenting.
 
2     Classifying happens when you put objects and events into groups based on certain properties. The most common properties for classifying are shape, size, and color. However, there are many different ways to classify objects and events. For example, you can classify animals into groups such as mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. You could also take some of those animals and make groups titled, "Mammals on Land" and "Mammals in Water." Classifying and observing are great partners for science. Without observation, classification becomes tough.
 
3     You have been observing your environment since you were a baby. Every time you used your senses to explore, you were making observations about your environment. When you use your senses, you identify objects and events based on their properties; notice changes in objects and events; and state differences and similarities of objects and events. Your senses help you to "make sense" of your world.

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