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Task with Student Directions
Contributed by: Oregon State Department of Education


  • bowls
  • baby food jars
  • graduated cylinders
  • thermometers
  • stopwatch, watch, or clock

  • insulating materials


We are trying to reduce our use of fuels. One place to start is to use less fuel in heating our homes and buildings. We can do that by using good insulation. What materials should we use? What are the best insulators?


Your task is to plan, design, and conduct an investigation to answer a scientific question. The question is "What are the insulating abilities of newspaper, aluminum foil or other materials?"


1) Under the heading "PROCEDURE" list, in order, the steps you will use to answer the question. You may include a diagram to help illustrate your plans for the investigation. Include any safety procedures you would follow. Make your procedure detailed enough, so someone else could follow it easily.

  • Construct a data table or chart or indicate any other method you could use to record your observations and results that will be obtained.
  1. Perform the investigation by following the steps outlined in your procedure. Be sure to note any changes to your listed procedures and tell why.
  • Under the heading "RESULTS" record your observations and measurements. Write statements or paragraphs and/or use tables and graphs where appropriate.
  1. Under the heading "CONCLUSIONS," write an interpretation and analysis of your results. Note any limitations to your investigation. What additional investigations or questions were suggested as you did your investigation?
  2. Under the heading "SCIENTIFIC QUESTION," based on what you learned in your investigation, write your own question that can be answered with further scientific inquiry using the same classroom materials that you had for this investigation.
  3. Write a report of your experiment, including the sections mentioned above.


Compare your results with your classmates.





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