Understanding Science

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Resource:Understanding Science
Provider:The University of California Museum of Paleontology
Summary:Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision). The University of California Museum of Paleontology (with funding by the National Science Foundation) provides this website that endeavors to provide fun, accessible, and free resources that accurately communicate what science is and how it really works.
Description:The activities here are designed to improve students' ability to critically assess scientific evidence and understand the strengths, limitations, and basic methods of science.

When you get to the website you'll see a variety of ways to get started. Explore the website or jump right into the lesson called "Understanding Science 101."

Look for "For Teachers" as well. Use the grade level key below it. Click on a grade level and a new page opens. Scroll to "Getting Started" and below it, click on "Sample Starting Activities." Here is just an example of what is available in each grade level:

  • K-2 Exploring Liquids Students use their senses to investigate and observe three liquids.

  • 3-5 Tennis Shoe Detectives Students make observations, examine data, and form hypotheses about a set of footprints.

  • 6-8 Exploring Bouncing Balls Students explore the physical properties of a variety of balls.

  • 9-12 The Checks Lab Students construct plausible scenarios to explain a series of bank checks.

  • 13-16 Umbrellaology Students are asked to read a letter that describes detailed data collected on umbrellas.

In addition to the sample activities, you'll also find tips for assessing your student's ability, tips for teaching science, and a variety of more free lessons as well.

There is a great deal of free content here. Bookmark the site to make return visits.
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