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Definition Of Evidence

Evidence is a clue that something is true. For example, scientists conduct experiments to support ideas.

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What Is Science? (K-2 Version)

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  • Evidence helps us learn about the world around us. :istening to wolves howl helps scientists estimate their numbers and location.
  • Scientists use their senses to collect evidence, like touching a shark's skin reveals it is rough.
  • A child discovered a mastodon tooth, contributing evidence to help scientists answer questions.

Why Do We Need To Know About Definition Of Evidence

Learning about why evidence is important in science can help you see how new things are created and discovered. For example, Thomas Edison made the light bulb and Dr. Marie Curie studied radioactivity using evidence in their work. This shows how evidence helps make new technologies and medical discoveries that make our lives better.  Using evidence to make decisions is key in many jobs.

Evidence is important not just for scientists but also in schools where students can help us learn more about the world. A kid finding a mastodon tooth is an example of this. It shows that evidence is key in many areas like paleontology (studying ancient life), chemistry, and ecology (study of living things and their environment).  Evidence helps answer questions and support ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is a scientist like a detective?
Like detectives, scientists look for clues to help answer questions.
What information can scientists get from listening to wolves howling?
By listening to wolves howl, scientists can learn how many wolves there are or where they live.
How can scientists learn about the skin of a shark?
Scientists can touch a shark’s skin to learn if the skin is rough or smooth.
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