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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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Plate tectonics is a relatively new scientific concept that has revolutionized our understanding of the dynamic planet upon which we live. This site explains that the theory has unified the study of the Earth by drawing together many branches of the earth sciences, from paleontology (the study of fossils) to seismology (the study of earthquakes). It has provided explanations to questions that scientists ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Geology, History and philosophy of science
 
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This is a brief review of the Theory of Continental Drift and the evidence that led Alfred Wegener to state the theory. It describes evidence of matching but misplaced rocks, uncovered fossils in places they should not have been, and discovered evidence of astounding climatological changes. In addition, fossil remains of a prehistoric reptile known as the Mesosaurus had been uncovered on both sides ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Geology, History and philosophy of science
 
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This is a brief description of the results of plate movement according to the Theory of Plate Tectonics. It explains how divergence at the mid-ocean ridges accounts for the discoveries of Harry Hess. The site also refers to the invention of the magnetometer and the discovery of the young age of the ocean floor basalt. It concludes that these are the kinds of discoveries and thinking that ultimately ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Geology, History and philosophy of science
 
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In this lesson students will examine how evolution has been scientifically explained historically. In doing so, students will examine the arguments and theories set forth by three historically important scientists: Jean Baptiste Lamarck, Alfred Russel Wallace, and Charles Darwin. The purpose of this lesson, however, is not to begin to make comparisons, but simply to help students understand how arguments ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Biology, History and philosophy of science
 
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In this lesson, students will learn firsthand, by reading his journal entries and letters, how Darwin arrived at his theory. They also will gain a better sense of Darwin's journey and the role it played in his scientific career. In the first activity, Darwin's Great Voyage of Discovery, students will read his account of his voyage on the Beagle and see how this experience inspired him to devote the ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Biology, History and philosophy of science
 
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This lesson will help students understand how scientists collect and organize evidence for evolution. In the first activity, Evolution and Time, students will create a journal entry and a birthday card that will describe the geologic ecosystems of particular time periods to gain a better understanding of the vast scope of geologic time. The Evidence for Evolution WebQuest has students surf the Web ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Paleontology, History and philosophy of science
 
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In this lesson, students learn about the process of human evolution by interacting with a Web activity and examining possible hominid family trees. With this hands-on approach, students become responsible for their own learning and are better able to see connections between ideas and remember what they learn. In an activity called Fossil Finding, students will study four famous fossil groups and learn ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Biology, History and philosophy of science
 
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This activity will aid in developing language with students, which they can then use to talk about and critique scientific arguments. Students will begin by attempting to sequence and create a story around a series of cartoon frames. This experience will serve as the basis for a discussion about how decisions were made in this instance and how arguments are constructed in science more generally. In ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Educational theory and practice, History and philosophy of science
 
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This information is intended to introduce students to the ideas proposed by William Paley in 1802 in the book Natural Theology. His model invokes the supernatural to explain adaptation and is a particularly clear example of the intelligent design ideas that were prevalent at that time. Students will have an opportunity to come to an understanding of the phenomena he was trying to explain, in part ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, History and philosophy of science
 
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