## Answering Science OE questions techniques

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### Answering Science OE questions techniques

Hi

I think most of us struggle with the above.. it was timely when I read what Nightmares. shared in the 2013 PSLE thread and I thought I would create a new thread for easy reference. Thank you Nightmares for sharing w us.

1. Well, for questions that ask you for a choice (like, "Is it A, B, or C? Explain your answer.") My teacher says use CEE:

Choice
Evidence
Explanation

So, you answer like this "The answer is ___, as it has_______ (E.g, "as it boiled before <the other option>"). Thus, it ______________ (E.g, "Thus, it is a better conductor of heat than <the other option>").

Then, for questions like "Tom commented that this was not a fair test. Do you agree with him? Explain why." Answer like this:

"Yes, as in a fair test, only the variable being tested, which in this case is the <independent variable>( E.g. Material being used), should be changed. All other variables, such as <the constant variables> (E.g. the distance between the light source and the material and the thickness of the material) should remain the same."

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### Re: Answering Science OE questions techniques

My own contribution, pls correct if I am wrong. HIH

1. Use correct words

eg breathing rate is faster because ..... not breathing rate increases
This is because the rate can be counted

eg rate of evaporation increases/is greater not faster

2. describe 1 difference

Answer needs to compare and contrast to get full marks. Rough gauge from DD teacher is if it is a 1 mark question, need 2 points.

Eg Describe one difference at point P and Q.
At point P, the carbon dioxide is higher than oxygen. At point Q, the oxygen is higher than carbon dioxide. (1 mark awarded)

Incomplete answer: Point P has more carbon dioxide compared to point Q. (1/2 mark)

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### Re: Answering Science OE questions techniques

the other day we were arguing about type 2 qn. Ah boy said 1 mark only, just give 1 point. I disagreed with him.

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### Re: Answering Science OE questions techniques

mummyv wrote:My own contribution, pls correct if I am wrong. HIH

1. Use correct words

eg breathing rate is faster because ..... not breathing rate increases
This is because the rate can be counted

eg rate of evaporation increases/is greater not faster

2. describe 1 difference

Answer needs to compare and contrast to get full marks. Rough gauge from DD teacher is if it is a 1 mark question, need 2 points.

Eg Describe one difference at point P and Q.
At point P, the carbon dioxide is higher than oxygen. At point Q, the oxygen is higher than carbon dioxide. (1 mark awarded)

Incomplete answer: Point P has more carbon dioxide compared to point Q. (1/2 mark)

It's all these that make science not so interesting....like having to be so precise in the answers.

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### Re: Answering Science OE questions techniques

mummyv,

Thank you for starting post.

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### Re: Answering Science OE questions techniques

Nightmares,

I read in the other posts and you definately are a bright kid.

Thank you for sharing your tips too.

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### Re: Answering Science OE questions techniques

Hi mummyv

Even though my ds is not in P6 yet, this is really helpful. Thank you very much.

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### Re: 2013 PSLE Discussions and Strategy

Hi,
Can please share for PSLE Science OE questions, does the child have to answer in complete sentences?

Eg,
1) How do you think this fruit is dispersed?
My DS will just write - water

2) Name the process taking place....
My DS will write - boiling

DS told me one word answers are acceptable as it is not comprehension.

Thanks!

Shan
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### Re: 2013 PSLE Discussions and Strategy

Shan wrote:Hi,
Can please share for PSLE Science OE questions, does the child have to answer in complete sentences?

Eg,
1) How do you think this fruit is dispersed?
My DS will just write - water

2) Name the process taking place....
My DS will write - boiling

DS told me one word answers are acceptable as it is not comprehension.

Thanks!

U shld post the above in

http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum ... 69&t=60828

mummyv has started a thread on Sci OE.

Jennifer
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### Re: 2013 PSLE Discussions and Strategy

Jennifer wrote:
Shan wrote:Hi,
Can please share for PSLE Science OE questions, does the child have to answer in complete sentences?

Eg,
1) How do you think this fruit is dispersed?
My DS will just write - water

2) Name the process taking place....
My DS will write - boiling

DS told me one word answers are acceptable as it is not comprehension.

Thanks!

U shld post the above in

http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum ... 69&t=60828

mummyv has started a thread on Sci OE.

Thanks Jennifer, I will post my questions there.

Shan
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