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Science teachers have an obligation to instill critical thinking and skepticism in their students. If my students can calculate kinetic energy as (1/2)mv^2 but also buy a Power Balance bracelet or accept media reports of paranormal activity, I feel I have failed them.
So I insert explicit lessons in skepticism and critical thinking into the curriculum throughout the school year. This is one of them.
This activity compares the science of meteors and apparent weightlessness with how those phenomena are represented in a Federal Express television advertisement.
FedEx - The First Moon Office (https://adage.com/videos/fedex-moon-office/565)
My hope is that such lessons strengthen students' thinking skills I'm the classroom and (more importantly) beyond. I developed this activity for use with my own students.
Print-friendly Google Docs Update (Summer 2021): The documents for this lesson were originally created to be printed and photocopied for classroom use. When the pandemic forced instruction to be remote, the documents were quickly recreated in Google Docs format. When instruction migrated into hybrid models, another redesign was called for: print-friendly Google Docs.
The student Google Docs file linked to in this product is suitable for use as Google Docs AND for printing and photocopying. My priority is to redesign the student documents first. The answer keys will remain as PDFs for the immediate future.