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This document illustrates a methodical approach to studying the natural world. It is intended to promote understanding of the nature of science and how the scientific method is used to advance science, focusing in particular on the Earth sciences. It also includes talking points for those who would like help explaining the nature of science to others who have developed misconceptions. Topics include ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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This project has at its heart a re-engagement with science that begins with teacher preparation and ends with broader public understanding. Its immediate goals are to (1) improve teacher understanding of the nature of the scientific enterprise, (2) provide resources and strategies that encourage and enable K-16 teachers to reinforce the nature of science throughout their science teaching, and (3) ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Informal
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Ref. material
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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Many scientists study objects and events that they cannot observe directly. But through extensive sampling, observation, and analysis, scientists are able to construct a plausible series of explanations to describe subjects ranging from the birth of our solar system to the lives of extinct creatures. For example, paleontologists work to unravel the stories of our past through the collection and analysis ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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This Student Activity Worksheet is part of a San Jose State University ALERT K-12 module which teaches middle school students about making reasonable estimates of numbers, volume, mass, and time. Students estimate numbers of books on shelves and jellybeans or dried beans in jars, compare masses of coins, and estimate time by taking their pulses. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Mathematics
 
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This eight-session professional development course for in-service and pre-service biology teachers is based on the PBS documentary Evolution. It is designed to address the nature of science and how Darwin's development of the theory of natural selection illustrates the process of science, and to deepen teachers' understanding of the theory, evidence and processes of evolution. Also, the course provides ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Course, Tutorial, Video
Subject: Biology, History and philosophy of science
 
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This section of the Nine/Eight Planets provides a general understanding about the solar system. Divisions, orbits, sizes, and classification of objects are all covered. Links to images of the solar system are included, as well as a chronological look at the discovery of the solar system and remaining unanswered questions. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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This Nine Planets page offers additional information not included in any other pages of the site. It includes tables of solar system data, discovery chronology, a brief look at the origin of the solar system, planetary linguistics, explanations of astronomical names, a master picture list, and links for more information. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 9-12. It focuses on Galileo's observations and conclusions about Earth's place in the the solar system and how this was a conflict with the Catholic church, as well as the subsequent scientific revolution. Students look at current scientific conflicts to see what it was like for Galileo. It includes objectives, materials, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 6-8. It focuses on Alfred Wegener's theory of Continental Drift and the evidence used to support it. Using fossil types and maps, students view similarities between continents that led Wegener to conclude that they had once been together as a supercontinent, Pangea. Included are objectives, materials, procedures, discussion ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Geologic time, History and philosophy of science
 
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This web-site is an internet version of an historical NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) publication containing information about the Viking missions to the planet Mars. This publication is produced by the Viking Imaging Team and details the beginnings of the mission, design changes to the spacecraft, technical problems, the landings and first photographs from the two landers. Selected ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Report
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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