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Practice the Nature of Science while trying to solve this alternate reality Whodunit! With this activity, students review the five tenets of the Nature of Science while trying to solve the mystery of the missing thermometer! Students work in pairs and review batches of evidence to make observations and inferences concerning the house-guests at a dinner party hosted by Lord and Lady Kelvin. Lord Kelvin's new invention, a small portable mercury thermometer goes missing and everyone seems to blame everyone else for its disappearance!
This activity reviews and highlights how science is;
1. Testable and based on evidence
2. Involves creativity in the formation of inferences and hypotheses
3. Changes over time as new evidence is discovered
4. Involves communication to share ideas
5. Must be objective and include limited bias
This pair-up and lab group activity also serves as a good review of observations and inferences and a preview to bias.
Students will be able to demonstrate skills related to these learning targets:
I can make observations and develop inferences based on evidence.
I can make qualitative and quantitative observations accurately.
I can make a model/prediction and then test the model/prediction.
I can follow the five tenets of the nature of science.
This activity includes a suggested lesson plan, the student handout, 30 clue cards, and an answer key! Students loved being challenged by a mystery and their intrigue can be stoked with the use of this assignment!