Nature of Science

The Nature of Science

The Practice of Science Brain Pop & Bill Nye
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Evaluate a scientific investigation using evidence of scientific thinking and/or problem solving. Brain Pop – Scientific Method Science review games Graphs (problem, data and how it’s graphed)
Scientific Method Chart
Identify test variables (independent variables) and/or outcome variables (dependent variables) in a given scientific investigation. Bill Nye – Do it Yourself Science Variable Game (click anywhere to start, click TEST ME for directions – change the variables to see if you can catch BLASTO)
Interpret and/or analyze data to make predictions and/or defend conclusions. Figuring average
Distinguish between an experiment and other types of scientific investigations where variables cannot be controlled. Bill Nye – Pseudoscience
Explain how hypotheses are valuable. Science & Nature Questions
Identify the benefits and/or limitations of the use of scientific models. Scientific models
Identify how technology is essential to science. Bill Nye Inventions Scientist’s accomplishments
School House Rock – Mother of Necessity
Describe and/or analyze common methods and/or models used in different fields of study. SEE MOVIE BELOW Scientific Method Study Guide

The Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge Brain Pop & Bill Nye
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Explain that scientific knowledge may change as new evidence is discovered or new scientific interpretations are formed. Ideas in Science
Explain that scientific explanations are based on empirical evidence, logical reasoning, predictions, and modeling. empirical – findings are measurable and can be tested
Models of space craft (click educational materials on the left)
Build a Solar System
Identify instances in the history of science in which scientific knowledge has changed as a result of new evidence.

 

The Role of Theories, Laws, Hypotheses, and Models Brain Pop & Bill Nye
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Explain the difference between theories and laws. (identify examples of theories and/or laws) Is Gravity a theory or a law?
Explain why theories may be modified but are rarely discarded. Redi’s Experiment Examples: law of universal gravitation, law of superposition, theory of plate tectonics, atomic theory, law of conservation of mass, law of conservation of energy, cell theory, and the scientific theory of evolution.