Solve It! © 2014 ReadWorks ® , Inc. All rights reserved. Look around you. Observing means watching something closely. While watching living things you can also collect information that can help you answer your questions. Observing the way animals, plants, or people behave has led to many famous inventions. Be sure to keep a specific question in mind when making observations. Write down what you notice for each question. Keep track of all your observations in one place, like a notebook or drawing pad. Collect facts. As you begin to better understand your problem you'll want to put together everything that you know is absolutely true. Once you've collected as many facts , or truths, related to your problem you'll begin to get ideas about how to take action. Compare the information you’ve collected. Look it over carefully and think about everything you’ve learned about your problem. Now, solve it!