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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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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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This information will provide students with an opportunity to understand the ideas proposed by Jean Baptiste de Lamarck in 1809. Lamarck was an eighteenth century naturalist who came to the idea that organisms change over time. Among other things, he proposed a mechanism for cumulative change that was dependent on the needs of organisms and resulted from the use or disuse of particular body parts. ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, History and philosophy of science
 
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This information will introduce students to Darwin's model of natural selection in the same way that they learned about Paley and Lamarck. First, they will read an excerpt from Origin of Species and answer questions about it. Then, they will have an opportunity to consider the example of artificial selection (like pigeons or dogs) and think about how this process relates to Darwin's argument. Finally, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, History and philosophy of science
 
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