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abiotic

abiotic factors

absorb

ammonia

amplitude

animal cell

atom

ATP

balanced

biodiversity

biotic

biotic factors

boundary

carbon cycle

carbon dioxide

cell

cellular respiration

Celsius

centimeter
word roots: centi = hundred, meter = measurement
A metric unit used for measuring smaller distances. It is about as long as your pinky finger is wide.  There are 100 centimeters in a meter.

chemical change

chemical compound

chemical equation

chemical formula

chemical properties

chemical reaction

chlorophyll

chloroplast

claim
Saying that something is true without providing evidence or proof.  A good experiment should be able to test a claim to see if it is true or not.

coefficient

commensalism

competition

concentration

conservation of matter

consumer

convection

convection currents

convergent boundary

core

crust

current

decomposer

divergent boundary

earthquake

ecosystem

ecosystem services

electromagnetic spectrum

element

energy

energy being used

erosion

evidence
word root: evident = obvious
Facts or information used to prove if something is true or not.  Scientists use observations to collect evidence during an experiment.

Fahrenheit

food chain

food web

forces

fossil fuels

gas

glucose

grams

growth

heat

hydrocarbon

igneous rock

inner core

kilograms

kilometer
word roots: kilo = thousand, meter = measurement
A metric unit used for measuring larger distances. It is about as long as the distance you can walk in 15 minutes, or 3 times around a PE running track.  There are 1000 meters in a kilometer.

kinetic energy

lava

light energy

limiting resources

liquid

liter

magma

mantle

mass

matter

metamorphic rock

meter
word root: meter = measure
A metric unit used for measuring distances.  It is about as long as a doorway is wide.

methane

milliliter

millimeter
word roots: milli = tiny thousands, meter = measurement
A metric unit used for measuring tiny distances. It is about as long as a dime is thick or a pencil mark is wide.  There are 10 millimeters in a centimeter, and 1000 millimeters in a meter.

mitochondria

modification

molecule

mutualism

niche

nitrogen cycle

observation
word roots: ob = toward, serva = look at
Looking at or watching something carefully to get information.  Usually done with sight, but other senses could be used as well.  Scientists write down and record this information.
related words: observe, observing

organism

outer core

oxygen

parasitism

particle

periodic table

petroleum

phosphorous cycle

photosynthesis

physical change

physical properties

plant cell

plate

plate boundary

plate tectonics

population

potential energy

predator

prediction
word roots: pre = before, dict = say
What a scientist thinks is going to happen, based upon observations.  This is written down before the experiment actually starts. It is usually in a sentence with the structure "if - then - because".
related words: predict

prey

producer

products

proposal

purification

reactants

recycling

renewable

reproduction

resource constraints

resources

rock cycle

scarcity

science

sediment

sedimentary rock

solid

stored energy

subscript

symbiotic

temperature

thermal energy

transform boundary

trophic levels

visible light

volcano

water

wavelength

weathering

















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