For an explanation of some basic science words and of the scientific method (as well as some reading practice), see Scientific Method Vocabulary. The words on this page are a little harder, but also quite common in discussing scientific research as well as other subjects. (Most are from the Academic Word List -- key words to understand even if you’re not a scientist.)
In Science Vocabulary there are classification and matching exercises to give you a chance to think about word uses and match them with their meanings. The second half of that practice-- using these words to fill in the blanks in sentences-- is here, to keep the page from being extremely long.
Filling in the gaps (blanks) in sentences gives you a chance to see how these words are used in context, and to get a little mental exercise as well.
The first (and hardest) paragraph is done as an example.
assess, functions, ignore, implications, intelligent, region, underlying
“We can no longer ignore the important implications of this research on the frontal lobe region of the brain. It demonstrates the underlying mechanisms of rational thought, whereby people are able to assess their options and (in theory) make intelligent decisions. (Of course, researchers are still trying to understand why people so often make irrational, foolish decisions instead. They will continue to study the functions of different areas of the brain, hoping to understand intelligence better.)”
Instructions: Type the words below into the gaps (blanks) in the imaginary news articles below. If you need a hint, click the question mark (?) for the first letter of the word.. (It will subtract a little from your score.)
automatically, data, equations, formula, intrinsic, monitor, ongoing,
participants, random, regulate, significant, temporarily, undergo