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The Scientific Process
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 of fossil evidence. In this lesson, students explore how they can learn about events that have occurred in the past by using the scientific process. They make observations, develop a hypothesis, and use evidence to test their hypothesis to see how well it holds up in light of the evidence they have.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • History and philosophy of science
Technical requirements:
Some resources require Shockwave plug-in
Videos require Quicktime viewing software
Some resources require Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-207
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Publisher: WGBH Educational Foundation