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Students analyze data on global warming to understand how people interpret the same information differently. In this scientific inquiry instructional activity, students practice making predictions and creating alternative explanations for the data generated. Students then using data provided by the teacher develop a hypothesis for the climate change measured.
Learners of all ages solve historical mysteries. Elementary learners research historical topics by organizing information presented by their instructor, formulating hypotheses, and considering solutions to mysteries presented about historical events. Some example mysteries are included.
Students explore the process of decomposition and draw conclusions about the important role decomposers play in the flow of energy. They complete diagrams of the energy flow by adding decomposers and explain how decomposers get their energy. Students explain why decomposers are important to other living things.
Learners view movie entitled, "The Earth as an Apple," identify Earth and space benefits of alternative growing techniques, distinguish concerns regarding light and photosynthesis between plants grown on Mars and those grown on Earth, graph and compare growth rates of selected crops in traditional and alternative growing environments, formulate hypothesis, and design experiment to test growth rates of crops in traditional and alternative growing environments.
Students determine the specific heat of unknown metals. based on their hypothesis and design proposal. They analyze the findings of the specific heat of the unknown metals. Students complete this by questions, hypothesis, rationale, data, calculations and conclusion summary.
Ninth graders simulate a research project to discover how archaeologists study about the people and the past. After completing an archaeological inquiry worksheet, they base their research project on objects found at various locations in the school. In groups, 9th graders make inferences about those who use the objects.
Tenth graders conduct various activities utilizing the scientific method to formulate a hypothesis, conduct a controlled experiment, collect and analyze the data and communicate their results through a poster. They also identify relationships among birds within populations, communities and ecosystems and describe how birds are influenced by factors in the environment.
Fifth graders define vocabulary terms, identify the characteristics of a pillbug, and create a dichotomous key. Then they examine the pillbugs and make observations and record these observations. Finally, 5th graders observe specific behavior of pillbugs and formulate a conclusion to their initial hypothesis and construct graphs that reflect data.