Nature of Science Unit Activities

Nature of Science Unit Activities
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5 MB|133 pages
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About this Product:
This product includes more than 27 science activities that get your students thinking and behaving like REAL scientists! There are four parts to this product that address the nature of science, science processes, lab skills and engineering design. Answer Key included.

NGSS Alignment:
The concepts and skills addressed in this product align with the NGSS science and engineering practices and cross-cutting concepts across grades 3-5 and 6-8. This product is MOST appropriate for middle school students, but easily works well for higher elementary grades (especially those who are adopting NGSS) and lower high school grades (who expand on the skills and concepts addressed in this unit).

The product includes:
• 8 Reading Passages and Comprehension Questions about the Nature of Science
• 11 Science Process Skill-Based Activities
• 8+ Laboratory and Engineering Skill-Based Activities
• 16 Classroom Posters
• Summary "Cheat Sheet" - Available for FREE HERE.

Topics Covered:
What is Science?
The Scientific Method
Scrutinizing Science (controlling variables, bias, peer review)
Theory, Fact, Laws, Hypotheses & Opinions
Science in the Media (how to be an informed consumer)
Limits to Science
Ethics (fraud, citation, plagiarism)
Making Observations (Qualitative vs. Quantitative)
Forming a Hypothesis
Planning an Investigation (Identifying Variables, Sample Size, Trials)
Writing an Experimental Method
Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Forming a Conclusion
Forming an Argument
Recognizing Error and Bias
Communicating Scientific Information
Lab Safety
Measurement (Time, Temperature, Mass, Volume, Length)
Organizing Data
Graphing (Bar, Line and Circle Graphs)
Calculating Error
What is Engineering? (Engineering Design Process)
Identifying a Problem
Brainstorming (Creative vs. Focused Thinking)
Building a Model
Types of Engineers

Teacher Notes includes the Flesch-Kincaid Score for each reading. The score varies between 7.4 and 10.2 which converts to a CC reading band of 4th grade to 10th grade. Please view the preview for a complete breakdown of reading difficulty.

Check out ALL my Nature of Science Teaching Materials:
Nature of Science PowerPoints, Notes & Exams
Nature of Science Interactive Notebook Units
Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Nature of Science Task Cards
Nature of Science Unit Activities

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133 pages
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