By Patricia D. Morrell, Kate Popejoy (eds.)
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In each case, have the students discuss what the laws describe and what the theories explain. Additional Readings: Bell, R. L. (2008). Teaching the nature of science through process skills: Activities for grades 3–8. New York, NY: Allyn & Bacon/Lonman. Note: For a related idea using the tube, please refer to the Scientific Inquiry/ Engineering Design chapter. 40 NATURE OF SCIENCE Topic: Nature of Science: Tentative, Empirical, Social/Cultural Title: The Nature of Science Examined through a Checks Lab Allegory Submitted by: Janice Koch, Professor Emeritus, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (Adapted from pp.
When the students review all the conclusions, they find that each group’s story varies in some ways from the others—except for four or five main ideas about the family. Each group supports its story with evidence the students have gleaned from the canceled checks. The groups acknowledge that, while they have all been exposed to the same checks, they have selected them in random order. They conclude that the sequence in which the data were analyzed matters! 41 P. D. MORRELL & K. POPEJOY The class members decide that four ideas that all groups agree upon are ones that they can begin to call their theories about this family.
2. Next I tell them that I had a strange thing happen outside my house the previous day—it was raining outside, but not regular rain—it was a green substance—like 34 NATURE OF SCIENCE 3. 4. 5. 6. Oobleck! I remind them that we have been studying states of matter, and so we could use this material to explore our students’ understandings of states of matter. Next we will make a chart on the board of our ideas about characteristics of solids, and then characteristics of liquids. Students could be asked to record these ideas in their science notebooks.