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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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In this lesson, short deceptive problem stories are presented to the class and students are challenged to solve each problem by asking only yes/no questions. The key is for students to recognize: what the False Assumption is that makes the solution tricky; that many common problems are difficult to solve because we tend to assume a particular paradigm; and that science is a way to work around or through ... 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 simulates a crime scene for teams of students to solve, using clues received piecemeal, and adjusting their hypotheses as more clues are found and discussed. The elements of science are recognized through discussion of the crime solution metaphor. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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In this lesson, each student team has an envelope containing a series of bank checks. A few are removed at a time, and the team attempts to construct a plausible scenario which involves those checks. With each subsequent removal of checks, appropriate revision of the scenario is done. Final scenarios are compared by the class. Class discussion is designed to show how human values and biases influence ... 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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The activities in this lesson provide students with an understanding of the diversity of the scientific enterprise, and the people engaged in the work. Teachers should emphasize the diversity to be found in the scientific community: different kinds of people (in terms of race, sex, age, nationality) pursuing different sciences and working in different places (from isolated field sites to labs to offices). ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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In this activity, students will learn about data collection and the difference between discrete (snapshots) and continuous and real-time data. They will view a series of snapshots and write their explanation of the event. They then view a continuous video of the event and write what actually happened, and analyze their results. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity, Photograph, Video
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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In this internet activity, students use search engines to build a list of facts about Earth science that fascinate them. After building the list, students will choose and rank their top ten amazing facts and answer some questions about them. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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This is a National Academy of Sciences project that showcases the accomplishments of contemporary women in science. Using a variety of interactive resources, this project highlights for students the varied and intriguing careers of some of today's most prominent scientists. It draws from and accompanies a ten-volume series of biographies entitled "Women's Adventures in Science". Materials presented ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Ref. material
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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This reference explains the difference between a scientific law and a theory and how these terms are applied, and discusses the concept of "proof" and why it is unwise to apply it to ideas in science. Links to additional information and to a quiz are embedded in the text. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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