Ninth graders are given the opportunity to read an article and determine if it provides valid scientific evidence. The lesson also provides an opportunity for students to research and report on information provided regarding other topics.
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Evaluating the Strength of Scientific Evidence: The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
A happy discovery occurred in Arkansas in 2004: a woodpecker, believed to be extinct since the 1940s, reappeared! Or did it? Middle to high school ecologists examine scientific evidence and use critical-thinking skills to determine...
7th - 12th Science
Discovering Life Below the Sea Floor: An Introduction to How Science Works and the Science Flowchart
What is science and does it always look like the scientific method? The lesson follows a scientist as she conducts research to determine if she is doing science. It highlights the importance of creativity, invention, and collaboration...
6th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Adaptable
What is the Evidence for Evolution?
Would you believe whales and hippos share a common ancestor? The video discusses the evidence from a variety of scientific disciplines supporting evolution, focusing specifically on whales and their connections to hippos. The narrator...
11 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Climate Change as a Scientific Theory
Get your class thinking about climate change as a scientific theory. Guided by a handout, emerging earth scientists read articles and take notes about glaciers and sea ice. To conclude, they write an evaluation of the evidence for...
8th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Scientific Evidence for Evolution
Humans share about 50% of their genes with a banana. In the video, scholars analyze the scientific evidence for evolution. The instructor spends time discussing Darwin and biogeography, fossils, and homologous structures. Scholars then...
13 mins 9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Origin of Life - Scientific Evidence
Guess where the oldest rocks on Earth are found? And what do these rocks reveal about the age of the earth? Viewers of this short video analyze the age of the earth and explore the origin of life through geologic, chemical, and...
14 mins 9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Scientific Search for the Loch Ness Monster
Students gain an understanding of the real world applications of the scientific method. They design their own experiments to prove or disprove the existence of other modern legends, and they design and carry out an experiment to test a...
5th - 12th Science
Evolution Primer #1: Isn't Evolution Just a Theory?
What is a theory? Learners are primed for a lesson on theory, science, and the use of scientific evidence as it's used to prove evolution. This is a great video for elementary schoolers and can be used to introduce the concept of...
6 mins 9th - 12th Science