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This lesson teaches students that interpretations of scientific data may be limited by the completeness of the data. The lesson is built around the poem by John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887): The Blind Men and the Elephant. Through small group activity and class discussions, the limiting influence of incomplete data and bias, along with the value of collaboration, are experienced. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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This lesson is designed to help students recognize and deal with bias which may be found in scientific studies. Students will discover that because human values deeply influence terminology, the questions asked, and the criteria for choosing among theories, science incorporates procedures intended to eliminate (or at least reduce) the influence of natural biases we all have. One of these is the requirement ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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This earth history timeline activity relates events in the geologic past to distances measured on a piece of adding machine tape. Further activities are used to help the students visualize the sequence and spacing of the events. The site also contains numerous and varied links that will aid both the teacher and students in performing this activity. These links lead to detailed information on the stratigraphy, ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geologic time
 
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This activity allows students to explore the accuracy of weather folklore and design an experiment that puts it to the test. Students learn that people observed the natural world and looked for patterns to help explain and predict weather and that many of these observations were turned into sayings and passed down through generations. Students collect sayings from family and friends and a class list ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Atmospheric science, History and philosophy of science
 
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In this activity students observe what happens when various amounts of water are poured into a black box and propose models to explain their observations. When water is poured into the funnel, students observe that sometimes water emerges through the outlet tube and sometimes it does not. Also, the amount of water that does emerge is not constant. Students share their initial ideas with others and ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This site provides links to science games and accompanying support material. The games include Science Jeopardy, Science Taboo, Science Bingo, Science Pictionary, Science Baseball, What in the World, and Twenty-One Questions. Each game includes the required materials such as templates, instructions, and sample games. Other links lead to sources for Tangrams, computer games and simulations, and stopwatches ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Clearinghouse
Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental science
 
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This site describes what early civilizations knew about our solar system and how astronomy developed over the centuries. The early theories describing the movements of the planets, development of the first telescopes, and discoveries of the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are some of the topics addressed in Discovery. Here you will find the Pluto discovery plate, the photographic plate taken the ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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At this site, students will learn about the tools used for past, present and future exploration and about the Surveyor spacecraft, five of which landed on the Moon between 1966 and 1968. The Surveyor 3 television camera is on display at the National Air and Space Museum and can be seen in this virtual tour. Also on display are an Apollo 13 rock box used to carry samples back from the moon. This exhibit ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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In this activity, students use an interactive timeline to learn about the history of the exploration and study of the ocean. The timeline includes persons and events in both surface and deep sea exploration, which ranges from the invention of the diving bell through the exploration of William Beebe to Conshelf One. Surface exploration information includes the ancient Phoenicians, Ben Franklin and ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Biological oceanography, Chemical oceanography, Physical oceanography
 
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This article explains that scientists use evidence to determine the probable age of the Earth and that over time a range of different ideas has been put forward based upon different observations. After reading the article, students will discuss questions about it. This exercise illustrates how people with specific beliefs may select or misinterpret scientific evidence to suit the hypothesis they are ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Ref. material
Subject: Geologic time, Geology, History and philosophy of science
 
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